Removal Emergency Response Program
EPA is announcoing the availability of funds and solicits proposals to provide the necessary framework for the participation of individual state and territorial programs in research activities with the mission of advocating for and supporting state removal action and emergency response programs, to enhance these programs' capabilities to perform time critical and non-time critical removal actions and emergency response activities that address immediate risks to human health and the environment resulting from the release or potential release of hazardous substances. The goal of this cooperative agreement is to promote research of hazardous substance detection, assessment and evaluation of the effects on and risks to human health and the environment as related to state and territorial removal and environmental emergency response programs. The closing date for this opportunity is April 1, 2013.
FY13 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines
EPA is announcing the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including non-profit organizations, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training. Under this competition, applicants may choose to serve dislocated workers, or those laid off as a result of recent manufacturing plant closures, as well as those severely under-employed or unemployed in the target community. The closing date for this opportunity is April 9, 2013.
Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities - New TAB Grants Announced
The EPA recently selected a new round of TAB grantees. Building on their previous experience working with communities, and their extensive team of subgrantees, contractors, partners and other network contacts, three new TAB grantees, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Kansas State University (KSU), and the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR), will help communities tackle the challenge of assessing, cleaning up and preparing brownfields sites for redevelopment, especially underserved, rural, small, and otherwise distressed communities. Technical assistance being provided through these grants will help communities across the country move brownfields sites forward in the process toward cleanup and reuse.
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
EPA is announcing $3 million to be awarded to 15 grantees through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. The grants will recruit, train, and place unemployed individuals in jobs that will help resolve environmental challenges in their communities. These investments will protect people’s health and the environment and target underserved and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where environmental cleanups and jobs are most needed. As of June 2012, approximately 10,300 individuals had completed training and approximately 7,300 obtained employment in the environmental field, with an average starting hourly wage of $14.12. The development of this green workforce will allow the trainees to develop skills that will make them competitive in the redevelopment and environmental fields.
Multi-Purpose Pilot Grants
EPA is announcing $3.8 million in grants to both assess and clean up contaminated sites and revitalize communities through a new Multi-Purpose Grant approach. Nine recipients were selected across the country. These pilots will help each of the nine recipients overcome obstacles with conducting assessments and cleanup activities, and help to eliminate the delay that can occur when moving from assessment to cleanup when funding has not been secured. The investments represent a broad range of distressed communities and redevelopment opportunities. The revitalization of these brownfields sites will reduce threats to human health and the environment, promote community involvement, and attract investment in local neighborhoods.
Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), Cleanup Grants, & Supplemental Funding for RLF Grants
EPA is announcing $69.3 million in new Brownfields grants to provide communities with funding necessary to assess, clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and create jobs while protecting public health. The 245 grantees include tribes and communities in 39 states across the country, funded by EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grants and RLF Supplemental Grants. Since the Program’s inception, EPA’s Brownfields investments have leveraged more than $18.3 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding from a variety of public and private sources and have resulted in approximately 75,500 jobs. EPA has awarded 2,008 Assessment grants totaling $480.1 million, 292 Revolving Loan Fund grants totaling $286.1 million, and 838 Cleanup grants totaling $157.6 million.
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
Twenty-one communities in 20 states were selected to receive more than $6.2 million in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants to recruit, train, and place, local, unemployed, predominantly low-income and minority, residents in environmentally-impacted communities. The Agency's EWDJT Program, formerly referred to as the "Brownfields Job Training Grant Program," helps provide unemployed and under-employed individuals with the necessary skills to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field. The 21 communities will receive up to $300,000 each to train individuals in the cleanup of contaminated sites and in health and safety, while also providing training in other environmental skills, such as recycling center operator training, green building design, energy efficiency, weatherization, solar installation, construction and demolition debris recycling, emergency response, and native plant revegetation.
Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), Cleanup Grants & Supplemental Funding for RLF grants
Communities in 40 states and 3 Tribes will share $76 million in EPA Brownfields grants to help clean up, revitalize, and sustainably reuse contaminated properties, turning them from problem properties to productive community use. The grants, awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will provide funding to eligible entities through brownfields assessment, revolving loan fund, and cleanup grants. Since the beginning of the Brownfields Program, EPA has awarded 1,895 assessment grants totaling $447.6 million, 279 revolving loan fund grants totaling $273.1 million and752cleanup grants totaling $140.8 million.