U.S. Congressman Ted Poe announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the City of Port Arthur for brownfields assessment grants in the amounts of $200,000 for hazardous substances.

Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to update the inventory of brownfields, perform community outreach activities, conduct 15-20 Phase I and five to ten Phase II site assessments, and plan remedial actions and reuse. The City will focus on the West Side of Port Arthur, which has been disproportionately impacted by the presence of brownfields.

I commend the EPA and the City of Port Arthur for their continued commitment to providing Texans with the essential resources they need to improve their community, Rep. Poe said. These efforts will lead to more jobs and business opportunities and a better quality of life for the residents of Port Arthur.

A brownfield is a property that may face expansion, redevelopment, or reuse challenges from hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants. EPAs Brownfields initiative is designed to assist stakeholders prevent, assess, safely clean, and sustainably reuse these properties. Reinvesting in brownfields augments local tax bases, bolsters job growth, capitalizes on existing infrastructure, relieves underdeveloped land of development pressures, and improves and protects the environment.