SRP Publications Brownfields Reports 2001
Storage Tank Brownfield Pilot Launched by Environmental Protection
Agency, Trenton Receives Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA)
Office of Underground Storage Tanks recently launched an UST Fields
pilot program to help states address underground storage tanks at
idle or commercial properties identified as brownfields. Cleanup
of petroleum contamination is generally excluded from coverage under
USEPA’s brownfield program, therefore, USEPA provided 10 pilot states
with up to $100,000 from its Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust
Fund to cover the costs of petroleum cleanups. With the pilot funds,
each state is working with brownfield communities to assess, clean
up and monitor petroleum-impacted underground storage tanks sites.
The cleanup of these sites is removing barriers to reuse and allowing
communities to return them to productive use.
New Jersey was selected to participate in the
UST Fields pilot project. As part of this effort the City of Trenton,
a Brownfields Assessment Pilot and Showcase Community, identified
11 sites that were contaminated with petroleum while performing
its activities as a brownfield pilot. The actual number of sites
that will eventually receive funds will be determined by the costs
associated with addressing the extent of contamination found. This
partnership between USEPA, the State of New Jersey’s brownfield
program and the City of Trenton demonstrates a successful effort
in the cleanup and reuse of these contaminated sites.
City of Trenton used UST Fields funds to remove several leaking
underground storage tanks and clean up contaminated soil from
a 1.5- acre property used by several businesses in the capitol
city’s West Ward. Additional investigation work is underway
by the city prior to planned redevelopment of a new firehouse
at the site providing a much welcomed improvement for the neighborhood.
Federal, state and local officials celebrate the start of the
cleanup and reuse project along with neighborhood residents.