Brownfield Assessment Program

There is no remaining funding for brownfield assessments currently. A Qualified Environmental Professional (QEC) can perform assessments. For more information on what qualifies a QEC can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website here. This website will be updated as future funding becomes available. 

The Brownfield Assessment Program can help property owners and interested developers overcome some of the barriers presented by the potential presence of contamination. Assessments are often the first step in redeveloping vacant and underutilized properties that are thought to be contaminated. Assessments will tell you about the site’s history and current environmental conditions. 

Louisville Metro receives grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund Louisville’s Brownfield Assessment Program. The Program funds environmental site assessments of brownfield sites potentially contaminated with petroleum and/or hazardous substances.  The Brownfield Assessment Program funds 100% of the assessment costs and is administered by the Economic Development DepartmentIf assessments and the acquisition of a brownfield site have already been completed, please see information on our Brownfield Cleanup Loan Program.

NOTE: The Brownfield Assessment Program does not provide grant funding directly to prospective purchasers or developers to conduct their own assessments. However, the Department of Economic Development can perform the assessments on behalf of a prospective purchaser, using environmental consultants under contract with Louisville Metro government. 

What are the eligible activities under the Brownfield Assessment Program?

  • Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments of brownfields potentially contaminated with petroleum
  • Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments of brownfields potentially contaminated with hazardous substances
  • Brownfield cleanup and redevelopment planning (cleanup costs are not covered by this program; see the Brownfield Cleanup Loan Program)

For more information:

If you are interested in selling or purchasing and redeveloping a brownfield site, please contact Sara Ellis, Brownfields Program Manager by e-mail or call 502-574-1569 for more information. The Economic Development Department evaluates brownfields on a site-by-site basis for the Brownfield Assessment Program, and various factors such as proposed end-use, potential job creation, location, and EPA eligibility requirements are considered.

Additional Resources:

Brownfield Area Benefit Estimator (BABE)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields homepage

Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection Brownfields Program

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