Brownfields Program

What are Brownfields?

Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Assessment and Clean-up and reinvestment of these properties protects the environment, reduces blight, and can remove development pressures.

Former Jail Before.
Former Jail After.

EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant

Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission was successful in obtaining a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with an Indiana 15’s in-kind match of $10,000. The most recent grant was awarded in May of 2018. This 2018-2021 three-year grant is similar to the EPA grants awarded in 2008-2011 and 2013-2016. With an Environmental Consultant selected, Phase I and Phase II site assessments are conducted on perceived brownfields throughout the District. The end goal is that some of the studies will lead to cleanup projects, if needed. Over 30 Phase 1 and Over 30 Phase II Assessments and 10 Remedial Action Plans have been accomplished under the first two grants with more than $7M Federal Funds and over $30M in private funds towards clean-up and redevelopment. Please call the Commission for more information at 812-367-8455 or visit EPA’s site at