DCTA Brownfield Remediation Project

Mar 21, 2018

In May 2017, DCTA was selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive funding for brownfield site revitalization efforts. The agency received one hazardous substance grant and one petroleum grant, totaling $178,200 in funding.

The grants will be used for environmental assessment at a site on State Highway 121 in Lewisville, Texas. Activities will focus on a vacant tract of 46 acres formerly used as farm land, a gravel mine, a junkyard and a landfill. These initial steps towards redeveloping vacant and unused properties help transform the sites to productive reuse, benefiting the community and the local economy.

About the EPA Brownfield Project

EPA’s Brownfields Program provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, tribes and others to assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse contaminated properties. A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.

Since its inception in 1995, EPA's Brownfields Program has grown into a proven, results-oriented program that has changed the way contaminated property is perceived, addressed, and managed. EPA's Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.

Learn more about the program here.