Purpose of this program:
The objective of the Brownfield Job Training Cooperative Agreements is to provide training to facilitate assessment, remediation, or preparation of 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," as defined in 101(39) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERCLA, or Superfund). Funding Priorities: By statute, 25% of the funding appropriated for CERCLA 104(k) grants must be used for characterization, assessment, and remediation of Brownfields sites contaminated by petroleum or petroleum products. The Agency must also give preference to the ten statutory ranking criteria found at CERCLA 104(k)(5)(C) when evaluating applications for funding. No more than 15% of the funding appropriated for CERCLA 104(k) grants may be used to fund research, training and technical assistance grants authorized by CERCLA 104(k)(6). In FY 2003, EPA expects to solicit proposals for job training programs to facilitate assessment, remediation, or preparation of brownfield sites. Greater weight will be given to those applicants that exhibit comprehensive plans to leverage funding to develop an integrated job training program, as well as those applicants with experience in providing job training and other job training services.