CLINTON,SC– Mayor Rick N. Osbon received grant funds from The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for brownfield assessments at an event in Clinton, SC. The EPA provided 2.2 million dollars in funding for communities throughout the state of South Carolina and Aiken received $300,000. The funds will be used to inventory and prioritize brownfield sites, develop four cleanup plans and a community involvement plan, and conduct community outreach activities. Assessment activities will focus on the Downtown and the Northside communities of Aiken.

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 brownfields sites. Under this law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants.