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EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund

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In 2012, the Wasatch Brownfields Coalition was awarded $1 million dollars to be used as capital in an EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF).

These funds, in the form of low interest loans and grants, are made available to eligible private, public, and nonprofit entities seeking to cleanup and redevelop brownfield* sites throughout Salt Lake County and Ogden city.

* Brownfields are defined as real property where the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of contamination.

Community & Economic Importance of Redeveloping Brownfield Sites

As underdeveloped lands -- greenfields -- continue to disappear, there is a need to redevelop and reuse brownfield sites that often already have buildings, infrastructure, and access to transportation resources in place.

Redeveloping a brownfield site can revitalize a neighborhood by:

  • Creating jobs,
  • Increasing the tax base,
  • Mitigating threats to human health and the environment, and
  • Reducing blight.

Eyesores such as old, abandoned gas stations or dilapidated factories can be transformed into productive commercial and industrial parks, vibrant recreation areas, residential space, or other needed amenities. It is estimated that for every $1 spent on brownfields cleanup activities, cities and states produce or leverage $2.48 in private investment.  And for every acre of brownfield redevelopment, 4.5 acres of greenfields are preserved.

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Projects Awarded


Loans are available to governmental entities and other persons, such as site owners or developers, provided they are not responsible parties under CERCLA section 107.  Loans are available in the amount of $10,000 and up, but are not to exceed $500,000 per project site. Loan terms will not exceed 10 years. The standard interest rate schedule is:

  • 0-3 years: 0%
  • 4-5 years: 1%
  • 6-7 years: 2%
  • 8-10 years: 3%

Subgrants are available only to government and nonprofit entities and may not exceed $200,000 per cleanup site.

Loans and subgrants may be used for cleanup of the following two types of Brownfields sites:

  1. Hazardous substances release sites
  2. Petroleum sites

Projects can take advantage of one or both branches of funding.

Property(ies) must meet the CERCLA definition of a Brownfields site: “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.” 

Eligibility Checklist


Step One:  

Review the "Eligibility/Terms" tab to ensure you are eligible to apply for a loan and/or subgrant.

Step Two:

If eligible, fill out an application and submit all additional required documentation along with the proper application fee. Electronic submissions are highly preferred, though paper hard-copies will be accepted. Applications and supplemental documentation are to be sent to Salt Lake County's Revolving Loan Fund Manager.

Step Three:

(a) Enroll in Utah Department of Environmental Quality's (UDEQ's) Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) and; (b) develop a Community Relations Plan, which is to be submitted if the loan/subgrant is awarded.

Step Four:

As part of Wasatch Brownfields Coalition's efforts at transparency, applicants must submit a Project Sheet.  Should the project receive funding, the project sheet will be visible on this website (see the "Projects Awarded" tab).

Priority will be given to projects that seek to engage local residents and communities through all stages of the project, including linking residents to the jobs created by the project, and to projects that incorporate transportation elements (either new or existing) into the redevelopment plan.

Additional Forms

News & Links

Loan Board Meetings & Minutes

Brownfield Board Meetings can be viewed each month via Regional Development's Facebook page livestream video.

Date Agenda/Minutes
9.5.2017    Agenda | Minutes
5.12.2017    Agenda | Minutes
9.12.2016 Minutes
11.18.2015 Minutes
2.25.2015  Minutes
11.24.2014 Minutes

Useful Links & Resources

Anatomy of Brownfield Redevelopment

Envision Utah's Brownfield Book

Salt Lake County

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ)


Congratulations to Centro Civico Mexicano (CCM)! The Board voted to award CCM a $200,000 grant to help clean-up their property in downtown Salt Lake City.   11.29.2016 News Release