The City of Atlanta received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for brownfields training, research, and technical assistance for a defined project area located in South Atlanta. Brownfield assessment, cleanup, and reuse are integral components of EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment.
The Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program is designed to help communities confront local environmental and public health challenges related to brownfields, and benefit underserved or economically disadvantaged communities. The area-wide planning approach recognizes that revitalization of the area surrounding the brownfield site(s) is just as critical to the successful reuse and cleanup of an individual brownfield site. For purposes of this project however, grant funds will only be used to deliver training, research, and technical assistance which in turn will facilitate the assessment, cleanup, and reuse of individual brownfield sites in the target area, although, environmental benefits are anticipated to take place in the community at large as a result of individual brownfields revitalization.
As the brownfields area-wide plan is implemented by the City of Atlanta, and properties within the brownfields-impacted area are cleaned up and reused, it is anticipated that there will be positive environmental outcomes related to air and water quality, such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants, reduced stormwater runoff, and substantial reductions in pollutant loadings in local waterways. It is also expected that these types of environmental outcomes at brownfields would accommodate the growth and development that would otherwise have occurred on undeveloped, greenfield properties.
CITY OF ATLANTA BROWNFIELDS AREA-WIDE PLANNING PILOT PROGRAM EPA FACT SHEET