EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002, as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development Act of 2018, was passed to help states and communities around the country clean up and revitalize brownfield sites. Under this law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through five competitive grant programs: Multipurpose Grants, Assessment Grants, Revolving Loan Fund Grants, Cleanup Grants, and Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants. Additionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal response programs through a separate mechanism.
EPA has selected the Town of Clarksville for a Brownfields Multipurpose Grant. Grant funds will be used to conduct 10 Phase I or Phase II environmental site assessments and four cleanup plans. Grant funds also will be used to clean up two priority sites: the Graveyard Auto site located at 1320 Emery Crossing Road and the Cab-Ex site located in the floodplain of the Ohio River. The 10.3-acre Graveyard Auto site is a former automobile salvage yard that operated from 1983 to 2016. It is contaminated with metals co-mingled with petroleum from abandoned oil drums. The 21-acre Cab-Ex site is a former unregulated waste disposal facility contaminated with heavy metals, VOCs, and methane. Another priority site is a transfer station that recycled ferrous and nonferrous metals and is within the 100-year floodplain.