My community would like to apply for an EPA site assessment grant. However, we are concerned about the US EPA becoming involved as the regulatory agency on our site – is our fear valid? – Jacob M.
Since 1992, the US Environmental Protection Agency has provided hundreds of assessment and cleanup grants throughout the United States under the brownfield program, but so far as this expert is aware, the EPA has never assumed regulatory authority over any of these awardees’ properties. A state or local regulatory agency has served as the lead agency in every case. The grants program is run by the brownfields unit, a non-regulatory branch of the EPA.