Dec 2, 2012

Presentation on Brownfields is Dec. 6

UNION CITY – The City of Union City invites all to a Brownfields Presentation and Open House on Dec. 6, 2 p.m., at the Community Room, 105 N. Columbia St., Union City, IN. The goal of this meeting is to acquaint all interested citizens, organizations, and other stakeholders in Randolph County, IN and Darke County with their new Brownfields redevelopment initiative funded by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Redevelopment Grant

What is a Brownfield?

EPA defines a “Brownfield" as meaning 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.

An example of a potential Brownfield that may have existed in the Darke/Randolph County area at one time is a foundry, automobile repair service center, machine shop, dry cleaners, buildings with asbestos, unlicensed dump, or any other use that involved the storage and use of chemicals which may have resulting in environmental impact to the site.

Purpose of Meeting

The EPA grant funds are available for environmental assessment of eligible Brownfields. Our first task is to identify as many Brownfields in the Darke/Randolph County area as possible, then identify priority sites for environmental assessments to be funded with grant money. To that end, we invite all participants at the December 6 meeting to bring a list of known or suspected Brownfields in the Darke/Randolph County area. Additional information about the history, use, contamination, and other pertinent issues related to the sites will be appreciated.

Assessment Grant Background Information

The U.S. EPA has awarded the City of Union City, Indiana; Randolph County, Indiana; Village of Union City, Ohio; and Darke County, Ohio (Coalition) a $600,000 Environmental Assessment Grant to help identify, characterize and prepare Brownfields for redevelopment. The Coalition plans to use the grant to develop an inventory of Brownfields within the communities; then perform environmental assessments on priority sites to identify issues of concern and help prepare them for sale and/or redevelopment. Grant money will be available to assist with site assessments for environmental due diligence and reuse planning at properties where a committed developer and redevelopment plan have been identified.

U.S. EPA Assessment Grants provide funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to Brownfields. The Coalition successfully applied for a hazardous substances and petroleum coalition grant in 2011 and was awarded the grant in 2012.

The agenda for Dec. 6 includes a short presentation on Brownfields and the coalition program, and time for questions. Please bring your ideas and information regarding potential Brownfields.

R.S.V.P to Monte Poling, city manager, 765-964-6534 or by email at citymgruc@yahoo.com.

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