The Environmental Protection Agency’s main mission is to protect human health and the environment. It was created with the purpose to ensure that all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work. The EPA works to implement environmental laws created by Congress by writing regulations that set national standards that are then enforced by states and tribes through their own regulations. The EPA also provides grants and makes partnerships to state environmental programs, non-profits, educational institutions, and others to support scientific studies to community cleanups.
The EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, tribes, and other stakeholders, to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse formerly contaminated properties. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight, and takes development pressures off greenspaces and working lands. EPA’s Land Revitalization program works with communities, states, non-profits and other stakeholders to develop and test sustainable approaches for the reuse of formerly contaminated properties.