Suggest a City-Owned Site for EPA Brownfields Testing
Thank you for your interest in suggesting a site for EPA Brownfields testing!
PLEASE NOTE: This grant applies to city-owned sites only. City-owned sites are owned by the City of Philadelphia, Department of Public Property, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, the Office of Housing and Community Development, Philadelphia Land Bank, or the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation.
Private property or sites owned by the School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Housing Authority, and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation are NOT eligible for testing under this grant.
In cases where a sites contains multiple parcels, at least half of the space must be publicly-owned to be considered.
What is a brownfield?
Any site whose expansion, redevelopment, or reuse is complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Most sites in urban areas can be considered brownfields.
What is Philadelphia’s Brownfields Assessment Grant for?
Philadelphia’s community gardens benefit gardeners and their communities in many ways, including providing healthy and affordable food. However, urban soils may have contaminants from years of human activity.
In October 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave the City of Philadelphia a $200,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant. The grant pays to have Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments conducted by professionals. Environmental site assessments help find issues in the soil, water, and air. The assessments paid for by this grant will help the City find possible environmental issues, and come up with policies that support healthy growing in the city. The assessments will take place only on properties that the City owns.
Who is administering this grant?
The grant is implemented by a team made up of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Water, and the Office of Sustainability.
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