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San Pablo awarded $600,000 in Brownfields grants

Release Date: 05/28/2014
Contact Information: Rusty Harris-Bishop, (415) 972-3140

(5/28/2014) SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the City of San Pablo will be one of 171 communities nationwide receiving brownfields funding to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment.

The FY14 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grants will give communities and businesses a chance to return economic stability to under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods through the assessment and clean-up of abandoned industrial and commercial properties, places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed.

“Brownfields funding allows communities to innovate new ways to retrofit formerly polluted, unused sites for sustainable new uses,” Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “This funding will not only clean up several contaminated properties, but will create much needed park and recreational space for the community.”

The City will use the grant funding to clean up three areas at the former Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Rail Yard. The property was used as a maintenance support facility by the railway company until the 1980s, and then was used for manufacturing. The property will be developed as a new sports facility with three soccer fields, practice fields, a picnic and barbecue area, a play area, and on-site parking. This park concept was developed through a series of community outreach meetings where residents of San Pablo identified a need for more open space structured for youth play.

A total of approximately $23.5 million is going to communities that have been impacted by plant closures. Other selected recipients include tribes and communities in 44 states across the country; and at least 50 of the grants are going to communities who have received grants from U.S. Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. EPA.

Since the inception of the EPA’s Brownfields program in 1995, cumulative brownfield program investments have leveraged more than $21 billion from a variety of public and private sources for cleanup and redevelopment activities. This equates to an average of $17.79 leveraged per EPA brownfield dollar expended. These investments have resulted in approximately 93,000 jobs nationwide. These projects demonstrate the positive impact a small investment of federal brownfields funding can have on community revitalization through leveraging jobs, producing clean energy, and providing recreation opportunities for surrounding neighborhoods. EPA’s Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields sites.

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