NEW YORK – Asbury Park, NJ, will benefit from more than $250 million in funding recently awarded across the country to 265 communities. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe and Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia were joined today by U.S. Representative Frank Pallone and Mayor of Asbury Park , John Moor, to highlight the important work to be carried out in Asbury Park, NJ, using a portion of this funding. . New Jersey communities received about $6.5 of that money, including a $500,000 grant to the city of Asbury Park. Funding comes in part from President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which provides a total of $1.5 billion to advance environmental justice, spur economic revitalization and create jobs by cleaning up contaminated, polluted brownfields or dangerous.
The City of Asbury Park will receive a $500,000 grant to clean up four sites on Springwood Avenue and Ridge Avenue. The four properties were used for commercial and residential purposes from 1905 to the early 2000s and have been vacant for the past two decades. These sites are contaminated with fill containing harmful pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, metals and volatile organic compounds. Grant funds for the four properties will also be used to conduct community outreach activities. In 2016, Asbury Park received a $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant, and since 1995 the EPA has awarded $72,989,207 in Brownfields Grants to New Jersey entities.
Brownfields program moves President Biden forward Justice40 Initiative, which aims to provide at least 40% of the benefits of certain government programs to disadvantaged communities. Approximately 86% of communities selected to receive funding through today’s announcement have proposed projects in historically underserved areas.
EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said: “EPA’s Brownfields program breathes new life into communities by helping to turn contaminated and potentially hazardous sites into productive economic contributors. Thanks to President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure act, we are dramatically increasing our investments in communities, with most of our funding going to places that have been overburdened and underserved for far too long.
“Asbury Park will benefit from the powerful tool of brownfields, which helps overstretched New Jersey communities address local inequities by providing a means to revitalize properties and promote environmental health, economic growth and job creation,” said EPA Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia. “The Brownfields program is transforming communities, and BIL is giving the program a huge injection of funding with a historic $1.5 billion that will be leveraged to make a real and lasting difference on the ground for communities across the country.”
The applicants selected for funding in New Jersey this year are:
- City of Asbury Park, $500,000 Cleanup Grant
- Camden Redevelopment Agency, Revolving Loan Fund Additional grant of $3,500,000
- Township of Hamilton, $500,000 Cleanup Grant
- New Jersey Economic Development Authority, $2,000,000 Appraisal Grant for Statewide Projects
The national list of applicants selected for funding is available here: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicants-selected-fy-2022-brownfields-assessment-rlf-cleanup-arc-grants-and-rlf
Since its creation in 1995, EPA investments in brownfields have generated more than $35 billion in cleanup and redevelopment. This has resulted in significant benefits for communities across the country. For instance:
- To date, this funding has led to over 183,000 jobs in cleaning, construction and remodeling and more than 9,500 properties were prepared for reuse.
- According to grant recipient reports, grantees benefited on average $20.43 for every EPA Brownfields dollar and 10.3 jobs per $100,000 of EPA Brownfields grant funds spent on assessment, cleanup and cooperative agreements on the revolving loan fund.
- Additionally, a peer-reviewed academic study found that the value of residential properties near brownfields increased by 5% to 15% following clean-up activities.
- Finally, by analyzing data near 48 brownfield sites, the EPA found an estimate $29-97 million in additional tax revenue for local governments in a single year after the cleanup – 2 to 7 times more than the EPA’s $12.4 million went to clean up these brownfields.
Senator Cory Booker said: “During my tenure as mayor and senator, I have seen firsthand how the Brownfields program revitalizes communities. I am proud that the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is providing significant investment in brownfield restoration in New Jersey. These federal dollars will protect the health and well-being of communities and promote unrealized economic opportunities.
Senator Bob Menendez said: “I have long been an advocate for critical federal programs like Brownfields and Superfund that help clean up contaminated waste sites, and I’m proud to have helped secure this funding in the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Today’s announcement will help communities across the state not only protect the environment and improve public health, but also spur new growth and economic opportunity for residents. I thank the Biden administration for its continued support for our families and its unwavering commitment to environmental justice for underserved communities and communities of color that too often bear the burden of legacy pollution.
Representative Frank Pallone said: “It’s great to be in Asbury Park today to highlight the federal funding the city will receive to clean up the brownfields. With this funding, the community will be able to reallocate the land and put it to good use. These funds, primarily from our bipartisan Infrastructure Act, will allow New Jersey families to rest a little easier knowing that some of the most contaminated sites in their area will soon be cleaned up, revitalized, and generating new jobs and economic opportunities. am grateful to EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe, EPA Region 2 Administrator Lisa Garcia, and everyone who joined us today. Biden administration, Congress was able to prioritize the Brownfields agenda, and I will continue to fight to ensure that every community — especially those that have been historically born neglected and underserved – receives the resources it needs.
“Our path to continued and equitable economic growth is paved by the steps we are taking today to clean up and cultivate a healthy and safe environment,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “This funding will enable New Jersey to transform brownfields into vibrant and productive assets, especially in underresourced communities. Investments in remediating these sites are investments in future opportunities for all New Jersey residents and businesses.
“Economic development and environmental protection go hand in hand, and in New Jersey, the EPA’s Brownfields Community Assessment Grant is a vital resource for revitalizing vacant properties,” said New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette. “For too long, financial barriers have prevented entities from developing contaminated sites due to the limited funding available for site assessments, planning and cleanup. Today’s funding announcement will allow DEP and EDA to augment current programmatic efforts to redevelop and remediate brownfields, triggering community-wide economic revitalization and strengthening the commitment of the Governor Murphy towards a stronger and more just New Jersey economy and environment.
The City of Asbury Park is grateful to be the recipient of a $500,000 EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant,” said Mayor John Moor, “This grant complements previous EPA Brownfield and Petroleum assessment grants we received, which allowed us to do the research and soil testing needed to determine and assess contamination. We look forward to cleaning up these lots and putting them back into productive use. »
A brownfield is a property whose expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. The redevelopment made possible through the program includes everything from grocery stores and affordable housing to health centers, museums, greenways and solar farms.
The next National Brownfields Training Conference will be held August 16-19, 2022 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Offered every two years, this conference is the largest gathering of stakeholders focused on the cleanup and reuse of former commercial and industrial properties. EPA is co-sponsoring this event with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Registration for the conference is open to www.brownfields2022.org
To learn more about Brownfields grants: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-brownfields-grant-funding
To learn more about the EPA’s Brownfields program: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields