EPA Brownfields Grant Information
BROWNFIELDS COMMUNITY-WIDE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002 was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfields sites. The Act defines brownfields as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant."
Wood County has received, for the first time, a grant from the U.S. EPA to be used to assess known and suspected Petroleum Contaminated Brownfield sites within the County. The Wood County Brownfields Coalition (WCBC), whose members include the Wood County Commissioners, Northern Wood County Port Authority, and the City of Northwood; applied for the Brownfields Assessment grant and will be administering the grant with the assistance of the Wood County Economic Development Commission.
Locating and assessing areas of possible petroleum contamination is the first step toward re-use of abandoned or under-utilized brownfields. To this end, the WCBC has created guidelines for identifying potential sites for assessment.
The Wood County Commissioners have selected the environmental and engineering consulting firm of TTL Associates, Inc. in Toledo, Ohio to assist in program implementation, community outreach, site identification, ranking, and selection, and to perform the Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments.
For more information regarding the Wood County Brownfields Program, contact Wade Gottschalk (firstname.lastname@example.org)at the Wood County Economic Development Commission.