FRA Brownfields Assessment Program

Under the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through various competitive grant programs for Assessment and Cleanup.
Since 2001, Fitchburg has received $1.2 million dollars in assessment and cleanup grants from the EPA. To-date 28 brownfields have been assessed and 16 properties have been redeveloped with brownfields grant funds. EPA grant funds have leveraged $12 million in additional federal, state and private funds on two brownfield sites. FRA is working with an environmental consultant to implement the brownfield assessment program. The Assessment Program provides help in the form of financial and technical assistance for environmental services including Phase I, II, III ESAs, hazardous building material assessments, remedial evaluations, and preliminary cleanup plans. Assessment work and understanding potential cleanup costs of a property helps reduce the risk and uncertainty associated with future redevelopment.