The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the selection of six organizations nationwide including University of Connecticut to receive a total of $11 million in grants to provide training and technical assistance to communities across the country under the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program.
The University of Connecticut will be receiving $1,000,000, over the course of five years, to support EPA’s Region 1 in delivering training and technical assistance to brownfield-impacted communities throughout New England.
Much of the technical assistance will be provided to communities in underserved and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods – places where environmental clean up and new jobs are most needed. This assistance is available to all stakeholders and comes at no cost to communities. It is an important part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advance economic opportunities and address environmental justice issues in disadvantaged communities.
“EPA is excited to begin fostering this multi-year Brownfields partnership with UConn, a first-time TAB grant recipient,” said EPA New England Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Szaro. “Brownfields revitalization and reuse is a priority for EPA and so important for these impacted communities’ futures.”
“This is great news for Connecticut, and it shows the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to environmental justice and creating economic opportunity in disadvantaged communities. Providing assistance to underserved municipalities will spur economic growth and development by acknowledging and correcting the mistakes of generations past,” said U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Representative Joe Courtney.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to expand the successful paradigm of the Connecticut Brownfields Initiative and serve all communities across New England. We particularly look forward to our continuing partnership with the wonderful staff of the Brownfields Section in EPA Region 1 and are committed to promoting sustainability and equity in our communities,” said Maria Chrysochoou, Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut.
The Brownfields TAB Program helps communities, states, tribes and others understand the human health and environmental risks associated with contaminated or potentially contaminated properties, and learn how to assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse them. For example, the training and research to be delivered by the selected TAB providers will assist communities in:
- Identifying and prioritizing brownfields for redevelopment.
- Determining the potential public health impact of brownfield sites.
- Identifying appropriate funding/financing approaches.
- Applying for and managing EPA brownfields grants.
- Evaluating economic feasibility of reuse plans.
- Interpreting technical brownfield reports, assessments, and plans.
- Understanding and navigate regulatory requirements.
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