The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently selected the City of Sandersville for a brownfields cleanup grant.
In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize sites. Under the law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants.
The EPA awarded the $150,103 cleanup grant to the City of Sandersville. This was the City’s third attempt to receive the grant.
Sandersville City Administrator Judy McCorkle and Sandersville Mayor Jimmy Andrews announced during the Monday, June 5 Sandersville Council meeting that the City was notified last week that they received the cleanup grant.
“That workshop and presentation [for the cleanup grant] will take place sometime in December,” said Mayor Andrews.
The hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up the Downtown Cafe site at 123 South Harris Street in Sandersville.
The cleanup site was previously used as a gas station and several restaurants.
According to the EPA, a brownfield site is a 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 0.4-acre site in Sandersville, which is now vacant, is contaminated with benzene, xylene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and metals.
Grant funds also will be used to remove four underground storage tanks and conduct community outreach activities.
According to City Administrator McCorkle, the goal for the site is to use the property as a green-space, parking area so that people will have easier access to the Paul F. Thiele Park and to downtown Sandersville.