Monroe County, MS Brownfields
EPA Brownfields Program
EPA’s Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. 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. In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfields sites. Under this 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. Additionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal response programs through a separate mechanism.
In 2014, EPA selected Monroe County for a brownfields assessment grant in the amount of $350,000. Site-specific hazardous substances grant funds are being used to conduct five Phase I and five Phase II environmental site assessments at the 308-acre former Gulf Ordnance Plant, now known as Prairie Industrial Park – North. The site, located at 10015 Worldwide Drive in Aberdeen, was home to a World War II ammunition plant from 1942 to 1945. Activities at the plant included loading and assembly of small arms ammunition; manufacturing of large projectiles, rockets, and bombs; and ordnance storage and demolition. Subsequent uses of the site included a veterans training school and an Air Force vehicle storage lot. The plant was declared excess in 1946 and added to the list of Formerly Used Defense Sites. Grant funds also will be used for area-wide planning to determine priority areas for cleanup plans, and for community involvement activities.