Grants for new assessments to provide communities with funding necessary start down the path to clean and redevelop contaminated properties were announced today by the EPA.  The EPA plans to award four communities in South Carolina with about $1.5 million to fund these brownfields assessments.  EPA statistics show there is on average a $17.00 return for each EPA dollar spent on brownfields.

The South Carolina brownfield grant recipients are:

  • Town of Cheraw  ($100,000 petroleum assessment and $200,000 hazardous substance assessment)
  • City of Columbia ($200,000 petroleum assessment and $200,000 hazardous substance assessment)
  • City of Greenville ($200,000 petroleum assessment and $200,000 hazardous substance assessment)
  • City of Rock Hill  ($200,000 petroleum assessment and $200,000 hazardous substance assessment)

“Not only are these funds protecting the environment and public health by helping communities clean up blighted toxic waste sites, there are new job growth opportunities for local economies to leverage through these investments,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator. “With cities looking at how to combat the impacts of climate change, it’s more important than ever for communities to innovate new ways to retrofit formerly polluted, unused sites for renewable energy use.”

These grants should have a positive effect from a small investment in our local communities.  This funding can create jobs, produce clean and usable land, and create recreation opportunities in our neighborhoods.