Congressman Sires Recognizes Newark Being Awarded Federal Grants to Clean Up and Redevelop Brownfield Sites
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the City of Newark, New Jersey, as a recipient of the Brownfields Environmental Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grants. These grants, totaling $400,000, will go towards assessing, cleaning up, and redeveloping contaminated and underutilized properties in Newark.
“The EPA has recognized how important clean and healthy communities are by awarding Newark with invaluable financial assistance to clean up brownfield sites,” stated Congressman Sires. “Newark residents deserve to live free from worry that plots of land in their community are contaminated and hazardous, and this grant money will help address this.”
A “brownfield” is the name given to a plot of land or property which cannot be safely redeveloped due to the presence of hazardous substances or pollutants. These new brownfields grants will go towards cleaning up the old Berkowitz Fat Company site, which was once used as a meat rendering plant and still hosts improperly-managed petroleum and chemical underground storage; and to the former Allen’s Amoco site, which was home to a gas station from 1937 to 1991 and still hosts several underground storage tanks and petroleum-contained soil and groundwater.
“I am confident that this grant money will go a long way towards helping our communities assess the environmental damage caused by years of mismanagement,” Congressman Sires said. “This is an example of government living up to its role, which is to use its considerable resources to help communities address their most pressing problems. I look forward to seeing Newark make good use of this wonderful opportunity.”