Brownfields are defined as: real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
Your community may have areas that meet this definition and are interested in returning these areas to community assets. The Tennessee Brownfields Redevelopment Toolbox can explain the Brownfields process in straightforward terms, and provide rural and smaller city governments/entities/communities with a systematic, start-to-finish guide to brownfields redevelopment. The Toolbox lists and summarizes available state and federal tools and incentives local governments may want to utilize in pursuing redevelopment of a Brownfields site in their community.
Each year, the US Environmental Protection Agency funds highly competitive grants for addressing these types of properties. These grants can be used for assessment and/or cleanup at your affected site. Our Brownfields Grant Assistance staff members are eager to work with Tennessee communities, quasi-governmental agencies, non-profits, and other eligible entities on EPA 104(k) Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grants. We will provide support and guidance on applying for the grants, in addition to technical support for entities that are successful in securing an EPA 104(k) Brownfields Grant. EPA also offers Targeted Brownfields Assistance (TBAs), which can provide environmental assessments in lieu of funding.