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2001 Brownfields Update

SRP Publications Brownfields Reports 2001

Underground 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.

The 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.

Photo of USEPA award check presentation ceremony
 

Photo of a site in Trenton

 

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