Brownfields Investigation and Cleanup Grants
The following Brownfield grant applications were under review by the United States Environmental Protection Agency upon passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  With the exception of new applications for Brownfield Job Training Grants, these are the only projects that EPA will evaluate for potential funding under the Stimulus Bill.  No additional opportunities were provided or will be provided to nominate projects.
  • Community-Wide Assessment Grant Applicants
    Community-Wide Assessment Grant Applicants
    Camden Redevelopment Agency (CRA) – $200,000 Hazardous Substances & $200,000 Petroleum Products ($400,000 total) – The Camden Redevelopment Agency (CRA) completed an Industrial Site Inventory in 2008 to identify areas where industrial development can be directed.  The Inventory included a strategy to create industrial development opportunities in the Route 676 Corridor and the Federal Street Corridor.  These areas include a high density brownfield sites not yet assessed.  This 2009 grant, if approved, will be applied towards site assessments associated planning activities within these two areas.

    City of Elizabeth - $200,000 – Elizabeth will apply the grant, if approved, towards the assessment of sites within and around their Midtown Redevelopment Area, a 20-acre area surrounding the Midtown Train Station.  NJ DOT designated this area a Transit Village in 2006.  Elizabeth will also be applying for NJ DEP Brownfield Development Area (BDA) designation for this area.  The Elizabeth Development Corporation is also developing a Neighborhood Development Tax Credit program for this area.

    Hopatcong Borough - $200,000 Hazardous Substances & $200,000 Petroleum Products ($400,000 total) – This grant, if approved, will be applied towards the assessment of underground storage tank sites in the River Styx area of Hopatcong Borough.  There are potable wells in this area, adjacent to Lake Hopatcong.  The Borough has also identified the River Styx area is also an area in need of revitalization.  It is also a designated Town Center under the NJ State Development and Redevelopment Plan.

    Hudson County - $200,000 – Hudson County, through the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation (HCEDC), has been managing a successful Brownfields program for over ten years, since they received their first EPA Brownfield Grant in 1998.  They enjoy a wide base of support among their constituent municipalities and other stakeholders, continuously meeting at regular intervals since 1998.  HCEDC has guided the remediation and redevelopment of several successfully completed projects including the Hampton Inn in Harrison, Catholic Charities Senior Affordable Housing in Kearny and the 507 Elm Street pocket park in Kearny.  HCEDC will work with Hudson County municipalities to identify local-priority brownfield redevelopment communities and apply the funds to the area-wide assessment of those communities.

    Passaic County - $200,000 – The Passaic County Brownfields Assessment Program began with the award of a 2003 EPA Brownfields Grant.  The scope of work described in the current grant application includes the Preliminary Assessment and Site Investigation of yet-to-be-identified Passaic County brownfield sites, expansion of the county brownfields inventory and development of a brownfield assessment and redevelopment prioritization process.  Candidate sites will be evaluated and prioritized for assessment activities using this redevelopment prioritization process.

    City of Plainfield - $200,000 Hazardous Substances & $200,000 Petroleum Products ($400,000 total) – Plainfield used two 2006 EPA Brownfield Assessment grants to develop an inventory of nearly 200 petroleum and nearly 200 hazardous substance sites and to begin the assessment of sixteen sites.  New Jersey HDSRF has been funding remedial investigations at four of these sites.  A NJ DCA Rapid Assessment Grant was applied to one of the sites.

    Union County - $200,000 - Union County received a 2000 EPA Brownfields Assessment pilot grant.  Initially, Union County proposed to develop a brownfields inventory and conduct environmental assessments on six brownfield sites along the Raritan Valley Line in the municipalities of Plainfield and Hillside to facilitate their cleanup and redevelopment.  Hillside eventually dropped out of the County program and the 2000 grant funds were applied to the assessment of sites in Plainfield.  This current application will extend these inventory and assessment activities.

     

  • Assessment Coalition Grant Applicants
    Assessment Coalition Grant Applicants
    Middlesex County – $200,000 - The Assessment Coalition Grant applicants include the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA), the City of Perth Amboy and Woodbridge Township.  MCIA has experience managing EPA brownfields grants as it has received such grants in 1998, 2003, 2005 and 2007.  MCIA has been an active participant at NJ DEP Quarterly Brownfield Roundtables for many years.  The EPA funds will be used to conduct remedial investigations on municipal priority brownfield sites within Perth Amboy and Woodbridge.

     

  • Cleanup Grant Applicants
    Cleanup Grant Applicants
    Jersey City – $200,000 – This site, at 75 Woodward Street, is one of many properties that are included in plans to develop the 17-acre Berry Lane Park project.  This is one of three Berry Lane Park properties that Jersey City has included in separate EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant applications.  Berry Lane Park is within the Morris Canal Redevelopment Area.  An NJ HDSRF municipal grant of $80,146 has been approved for remediation activities within the larger Berry Lane Park area.

    Jersey City – $200,000 - JR Transportation Company, at 1000 Garfield Avenue, is, like 74 Woodward Street above, one of many properties that are included in plans to develop the 17-acre Berry Lane Park project.  Berry Lane Park is within the Morris Canal Redevelopment Area.  An NJ HDSRF municipal grant of $80,146 has been approved for remediation activities within the larger Berry Lane Park area.

    Jersey City – $200,000 - Garfield Junkyard, at 958-960, 964, 966 Garfield Avenue, is, like the above two sites, one of many properties that are included in plans to develop the 17-acre Berry Lane Park project.  Berry Lane Park is within the Morris Canal Redevelopment Area.  An NJ HDSRF municipal grant of $80,146 has been approved for remediation activities within the larger Berry Lane Park.

    City of Newark – $200,000 - International Metallurgical Services, 190-202 Blanchard, has been vacant since the 1980s when bankruptcy was declared. In the early 1990s, an EPA/DEP Removal Action addressed eminent health threat removing numerous drums, tanks and other chemical containers, but this action did not remediate all discharges to the environment.  The City acquired the property in 1993 through tax foreclosure.  Newark’s NJ HDSRF municipal grant application approval is pending.

    City of Newark – $200,000 – NCS Plating site, 242 South 12th Street, is a vacant site that was a former metal plating, polishing and finishing facility.  The City acquired the site in 1995 through tax foreclosure and immediately requested EPA Removal Action.  EPA removed cyanide, chromic acid, sodium hydroxide, lead, nickel sulfate and nickel chloride from site to address the immediate threat, however, areas of concern remain.  The New Jersey HDSRF has been funding a remedial investigation under DEP oversight.  An HDSRF municipal grant of $43,565 has been approved for this site.

    City of Newark – $200,000 – The vacant site at 1037-1047 Bergen Street served as a gas station from 1966 to 1981, before being abandoned.  The City acquired the site in 1993 through tax foreclosure.  New Jersey HDSRF has been funding a remedial investigation under DEP oversight.  Five underground storage tanks have been removed, but contamination remains to be addressed.  An HDSRF municipal grant of $31,240 has been approved for this site.

    City of Plainfield – $200,000 – This vacant site, 208-222 Lee Place, consists of the former Mignella Cleaners and two adjacent homes.  Plainfield acquired the site in 2002.  Environmental concerns include solvent underground storage tanks, surface spills and probable historic fill.  Soil contaminants include priority pollutant metals, pesticides and semi-volatile organic compounds.  Remediation is currently under DEP oversight.  Future use includes moderate and affordable housing.

     

  • Revolving Loan Fund Grant Applicants
    Revolving Loan Fund Grant Applicants
    City of Newark - $1,000,000 - The Revolving Loan Fund allows the grant recipient to make low interest loans to conduct remediation at brownfields properties.  These loans may not be used for activities at any site: (1) listed (or proposed for listing) on the National Priorities List; (2) at which a removal actions must be taken within six months; or (3) where a federal or state agency is planning or conducting a response enforcement action.  The Brick City Development Corporation (BCDC) will manage the grant with the Newark Office of Economic Development, the Office of Engineering and the Sustainability Officer of the Mayor’s Office. 

     

  • Revolving Loan Fund Grant Applicants
    Revolving Loan Fund Grant Applicants
    City of Newark - $1,000,000 - The Revolving Loan Fund allows the grant recipient to make low interest loans to conduct remediation at brownfields properties.  These loans may not be used for activities at any site: (1) listed (or proposed for listing) on the National Priorities List; (2) at which a removal actions must be taken within six months; or (3) where a federal or state agency is planning or conducting a response enforcement action.  The Brick City Development Corporation (BCDC) will manage the grant with the Newark Office of Economic Development, the Office of Engineering and the Sustainability Officer of the Mayor’s Office. 

     

  • Brownfield Job Training Grant Applicants
    Brownfield Job Training Grant Applicants
    New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) – $200,000 - NJISJ has partnered with Essex County College to train 87 students and place 53 graduates in environmental technician jobs, and then track the students for one year.  This is the Metro Newark Brownfields Job Training project and will consist of four 100-hour training cycles that will include training in HAZWOPER, lead abatement, asbestos removal, OSHA health and safety and brownfield issues.  This grant was awarded January 15, 2009.