SAN FRANCISCO-The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $10.3 million for brownfield projects in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. The award is part of about $70 million in funds that were doled out by the EPA for the assessment, inventory, redevelopment and cleanup of properties that have sat idle due to perceived or real contamination.

In California, Oakland won more than once. The City of Oakland received $400,000 for assessing petroleum and hazardous substances in an area around the Coliseum BART Station, which is proposed to be connected to a new line from the Oakland airport. The Oakland Redevelopment Agency was awarded $200,000 to clean up the Fox Courts site at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and 18th Street. The Oakland Housing Authority won a $200,000 grant toward cleaning up hazardous substances at the Tassafaronga Village Revitalization Plan Site at 1001 83rd Ave., which encompasses three former public housing buildings and a pasta factory parcel.

Three other Northern California cities also won money. The City of Emeryville won grants totaling $400,000. The city will assess contamination and work with the community in redeveloping the AC Transit Site. The city also will develop plans for and clean up soil and groundwater contamination at the former Ambassador Laundry Site. The Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency received two grants totaling $400,000 to clean up the Sakai Nursery on S. 47th Street and Florida Avenue, and the Endo Nursery on Wall Avenue. The City of Menlo Park received $200,000 to clean up degraded diesel-contaminated soil and groundwater at the Terminal Avenue Housing Site.

In Southern California, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps received $200,000 to clean up the parking lot of the Clean and Green Center for Environmental Education and Training at 1400-1410 N. Spring St., formerly a used metal foundry, machine shop, and truck garage. The City of Los Angeles received a $200,000 for Phase I and II environmental site assessments in the Washington Boulevard Corridor of South Los Angeles.

The City of Orange received $200,000 that will be used to clean up the Grijalva Park at Santiago Creek site at 368 North Prospect Ave., the site of a former asphalt plant and gravel pit. The Riverside Redevelopment Agency received $200,000 that will be used to perform Phase I and II environmental site assessments in the southern portion of the downtown Redevelopment Project Area. The City of North Folk received a $200,000 hazardous substances grant that will be used by the Community Development Council to clean up the 135-acre North Fork Mill site located at 57839 Road 225.

In Nevada, the North Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency received $200,000 to inventory and prioritize sites within the Downtown Redevelopment Area and the North Redevelopment Area. In Arizona, the City of Flagstaff will use $200,000 of petroleum grant funds to inventory and assess sites in the Route 66 Central Corridor.

In Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, the City and County of Honolulu received two $200,000 grants to conduct assessments for hazardous substances and petroleum contamination. The Guam EPA received $400,000 in two grants to inventory and assess potential brownfield sites. The Guam International Airport Authority received $600,000 in three brownfield cleanup grants for the 5.27-acre former Aircraft Graveyard, the former Ground Support Equipment Maintenance Facility, and the Interceptor Drainage site, all on Neptune Avenue.

Nationwide, there were 184 grants totaling $36.6 million issued for conducting site assessment and planning for eventual cleanup and 96 grants totaling $18.3 million for actual cleanup activities at brownfield sites. Since the beginning of the brownfield program, the EPA has awarded 883 assessment grants totaling $225.4 million, 202 revolving loan fund grants totaling $186.7 million, and 238 cleanup grants totaling $42.7 million.

In addition to industrial and commercial redevelopment, brownfield approaches have included the conversion of industrial waterfronts to riverfront parks, landfills to golf courses, rail corridors to recreational trails, and gas stations to housing. On a more regionalized basis, the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of the state toxic substances control department received a $2.5-million substances grant and a $500,000 petroleum grant which will be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund. The fund will allow the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to provide loans and subgrants to support cleanup activities at sites contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum.

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