Friday, 14 December, 2018

EPA Begins Offering Some Employees Buyouts to Cut Back on Staff

Bar chart illustrating agencies reported SBIR spending in fiscal year 2015 EPA Begins Offering Some Employees Buyouts to Cut Back on Staff
Theresa Hayes | 03 June, 2017, 00:24

"EPA brownfields grants help communities turn abandoned sites into economic drivers", Acting Regional Administrator Sam Coleman said.

This was the city's second go at applying for a brownfields assessment grant, which provides funds for performing environmental tests and creating an action plan to prime the property for economic development. On average, $16.11 was leveraged for each EPA brownfields dollar and 8.5 jobs leveraged per $100,000 of EPA brownfields funds expended on assessment, cleanup, and revolving loan fund cooperative agreements. "Austin, however, has been extraordinarily successful, they've gotten grants four out of five years they've actually applied".

"In past years, our assessment program has led to real progress, turning contaminated sites back into economically viable parcels", Lance said. The City of Sacramento has a well-established Brownfields redevelopment program, and the city recently invested over $15 million in infrastructure projects in the target area. The first step is identifying environmental concerns.

Some of those issues are already being investigated as the city recently brought in the Illinois EPA to assess Dixon Metal & Iron Works, which the city eventually aims to purchase for $310,000 and redevelop. The city will submit proposals to consultants for approval within the next three months. The other $150,000 can be used to remove petroleum contamination.

The city of Danville has received another Brownfields Assessment Grant to help with redevelopment efforts in the East Main and Fairchild street corridors. "Now, hopefully we can sell the property to somebody who can develop it". She said officials with Central Health, the nonprofit agency that controls that property, have expressed a desire to utilize the funds since there is a high likelihood of hazardous materials remaining there. "We're trying to pave the way and do what we can to make developments shovel-ready".

The EPA is awarding a $300,000 to the city.

"This proposed rule is one of almost two dozen significant regulatory reform actions I have taken during my short time as EPA administrator to protect the environment, jobs and affordable, reliable energy", Pruitt said.

According to information released by EPA Region 9, the Plumas County Community Development Commission was granted $200,000 to complete a brownfields property assessment and develop a clean-up plan for a 28-acre former lumber mill site in Crescent Mills, California.