US EPA Brownfields Grant

In August of 2014, the Port Authority received $400,000 for  “community-wide” assessment of brownfield properties.  The requested funding provides $200,000 in funding to assess properties potentially contaminated with hazardous substances and $200,000 for properties with potential petroleum contamination.


How It Works

What is a brownfield?

“…real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence of or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” Brownfield sites include residential, commercial and industrial properties, as well as mine scarred lands, and may be contaminated by controlled substances or petroleum products.

What type of grant did the Port Authority receive?



What will the grant pay for?

The grants may be used to assess, identify, characterize and plan cleanup activities at potentially contaminated sites.  Specifically, the Port Authority plans to complete the following:

  • Inventory of brownfields sites
  • Phase I and II Site Investigations (including soil and groundwater sampling of properties)
  • Cleanup Planning (to determine what is necessary to meet cleanup standards for reuse goals)
  • Community Outreach Meetings



What are the overall goals of the project?

  • Work with property owners  and partners to leverage funds & encourage redevelopment
  • Complete assessments and cleanup plans to redevelop properties
  • Create opportunities for new businesses, jobs and growth



What are the steps to assessing properties

  • Property Owner submit property via online submission form LINK.
  • Port Authority selects sites for eligibility approval
  • Site Eligibility Determinations (require owner to present property at board meeting)
  • Consultant and Port Authority hold public meetings.
  • Port Authority and owners sign access agreements.
  • Consultant completes:
    • Phase I site investigation reports
    • Phase II site investigation reports
    • Cleanup planning and design


Why are the studies needed?

  • Assessment may increase the marketability of a brownfield
  • Assessment may be required for a loan for redevelopment by a bank
  • Studies quantify environmental risks for property value
  • Studies build prerequisite plans to apply for cleanup funding at the state and federal level


What areas are eligible?

The funding may be utilized on any site within the jurisdiction of the Port Authority that meets the U.S. EPA property eligibility criteria. Property owner participation is mandatory. Sites will be prioritized by the Port Authority  based on eligibility, access, marketability, and community impact.  Owners of private property may participate.


What about site cleanup?

If it is determined that cleanup of a site is necessary, the Port Authority or local municipalities may pursue additional grant funding. Cleanup funding is available from the U.S. EPA Brownfield Cleanup Program and Jobs Ohio Revitalization Fund.



Grant Outcomes

The Athens County US EPA Property Assessment Grant ended in October 2019. The outcomes of the project will shared on this page soon.

Additional information regarding the U.S. EPA Brownfield Grant Program is available online at