Calumet County’s $300,000, three-year EPA Communitywide Brownfield Assessment Program officially got underway in early October.
Through the program, Calumet County has up to $300,000 in funding it can use to learn more about potential contaminated properties located in the county. Funds will be used to conduct environmental assessments on brownfield sites that are being considered by redevelopment, or at any brownfield site that is a potential threat to public welfare or the environment. The EPA defines a brownfield 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.
The county will consider providing financial assistance for brownfield assessments on sites that are of current or recent interest to a private or public developer for which the availability of brownfield assessment grant funds would enhance the likelihood of redevelopment. Abandoned sites that are a significant blight or potential threat to public health or the environment will also be considered.
To register a potentially contaminated site in the program, interested private or public property owners can click here to complete an online form and provide basic information about the site. Completing the form in no way obligates a property owner to proceed with the program.
Stantec has been hired by the county to support implementation of the program.