$1.5 Million Grant for Tennessee Brownfield Cleanup

TDEC aids South Central Tennessee in securing $1.5 million for brownfield remediation.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) assisted the South Central Tennessee Development District and its partners in securing a federal grant of $1.5 million to address brownfield sites in a 13-county service area. The funds are part of three federal grants announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for brownfield remediation in Tennessee, totaling $5,632,807.

Apart from South Central Tennessee, the grants include $632,807 awarded to the City of Dunlap and $3.5 million to the City of Chattanooga. TDEC supported the grant applications and will provide technical oversight throughout the duration of the grants.

“We congratulate these communities on their success in obtaining the grants, and we are pleased to have provided assistance in the process,” said Greg Young, deputy commissioner for Environment at TDEC. “Brownfields can not only be cleaned up but can become community assets, and these federal grants will go a long way in making that happen in Tennessee.”

The EPA has allocated over $300 million in grants from the Investing in America initiative to help states, tribal nations, local governments, and non-profit organizations clean up polluted brownfield sites across the country.

The South Central Tennessee Development District, based in Mount Pleasant, is collaborating with the City of Shelbyville, Bedford County, and Lincoln County to assess brownfields in 13 counties: Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, and Wayne. The funds will support the development of 12 cleanup plans and community engagement activities, focusing on the cities of Shelbyville and Fayetteville. Priority sites include a 1.54-acre former cotton mill, a 4.7-acre former wire manufacturer, and a 6-acre former hospital.

The grant for the City of Dunlap will be used to remediate the former Victory Automotive property. Chattanooga’s supplemental Revolving Loan Funding grant will assist in cleaning up brownfields throughout the city.

A brownfield is a property that remains vacant or underutilized due to contamination. Remediation efforts aim to minimize threats to public health, safety, and the environment. These sites vary in size, location, age, and previous use.

For more information, visit the EPA Brownfields Program.

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