Ore. – The City of Beaverton has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for brownfield assessment. The grant will aid cleanup assessment at future-determined city areas, which may include sites in Beaverton’s downtown core and city neighborhoods. Grant funds also will be used to develop a Public Involvement Plan and conduct community engagement and cleanup planning activities.
Beaverton is one of nine Pacific Northwest and Alaska communities to receive a total of $4.59 million for cleanup and assessment, and one of two Oregon applications receiving a grant. The grant will build on Beaverton’s success with a previous assessment grant and two cleanup grants for the city’s Public Safety Center.
“The redevelopment and economic revival of downtown Beaverton means more jobs and more opportunities," said Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley. “I pushed for this funding because it will ignite growth in the community, revitalize properties, and put Oregonians to work.”
“Grant funding provides tremendous opportunity for our city,” said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. “We are appreciative of the EPA’s support and the efforts of Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley and Congresswoman Bonamici as we work to improve our environment for the benefit of the people who live, work and visit Beaverton.”
“The next generation of development in downtown Beaverton holds great potential for creating jobs and fresh economic opportunities for the city and Washington County,” said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. “These brownfields resources can be a fantastic catalyst for realizing that potential, and I am gratified that our work with city officials has proven successful.”
Nationwide, 149 communities have been selected to receive 151 grant awards totaling $64,623,553 in EPA brownfields funding through the EPA’s Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grant Programs. The full list of all applicants selected for brownfields funding is available at www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicants-selected-fy19-brownfields-multipurpose-assessment-and-cleanup-grants.
“These grants fulfill several of President Trump’s top priorities simultaneously: helping communities in need transform contaminated sites into community assets that not only create jobs and jumpstart economic development but also improve public health and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “We are targeting these funds to areas that need them the most. Approximately 40 percent of the selected recipients are receiving Brownfields grants for the first time, which means we are reaching areas that may previously been neglected, and 108 of the selected communities have identified sites or targeted areas for redevelopment that fall within Opportunity Zones.”
Grants awarded by EPA’s Brownfields Program provide communities across the country with an opportunity to transform contaminated sites into community assets that attract jobs and achieve broader economic development outcomes while taking advantage of existing infrastructure.
A brownfields property is a parcel for which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. There are estimated to be more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S.
As of May 2019, 30,153 properties have been assessed under the EPA Brownfields Program, and 86,131 acres of idle land have been made ready for productive use. In addition, communities have been able to use brownfields grants to leverage 150,120 jobs and more than $28 billion of public and private funding.
To learn more about EPA’s Brownfields Program, visit www.epa.gov/brownfields.