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Brownfields 2023 Assessment Fact Sheet

East County Economic Development Council Foundation, El Cajon, CA

Grant Recipient Information

Name: East County Economic Development Council Foundation
Phone: 619-258-3670

EPA Information

Region: EPA Region 9 Brownfields Team
Phone: 213-244-1821
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Publication Information

United States Environmental Protection Agency
Land and Emergency Management (5105T)
Washington, D.C. 20460
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Publication Date:
May 2023

Overview of the EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfield sites. 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 Job Training Grants. Additionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal response programs through a separate mechanism.

Assessment Grant


EPA has selected the East County Economic Development Council Foundation for a Brownfields Assessment Grant. Community-wide grant funds will be used to conduct 11 Phase I and six Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to inventory sites, prepare five cleanup plans, and conduct community engagement activities including the development of a Community Involvement Plan. The target area for this grant is the 1.4-square-mile El Cajon Opportunity Zone Corridor. Priority sites include a 1.1-acre former commercial and lumber operation; a 3.06-acre former ice house, lumber operation, and garage; and several sites formerly used for auto repair centers, a dry cleaner, a gas station, and a current restaurant and motel.

For further information, including specific grant contacts, additional grant information, brownfields news and events, and publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields Web site (

The information presented in this fact sheet comes from the grant application; EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of the information. The cooperative agreement is negotiated after the selection announcement. Therefore, the funding amount and activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.
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