Region 8

Brownfields in Region 8

Missoula Sawmill Site: Ready for Reuse
Missoula Sawmill Site: Ready for Reuse
On February 19th, after nearly 15 years of environmental work, the Missoula Sawmill property became fully “ready for reuse.” This long-awaited news from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality brings relief and excitement to the community as redevelopment plans begin to accelerate. Lying along the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula, Montana, the sawmill operated until the early 1990s. The city and EPA’s initial Brownfields characterization of the site began in the late 1990s and confirmed extensive methane contamination from wood debris, among other contaminants. The city used its Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund grant to issue a total of $1.8 million in remediation loans. The site also benefitted from an $833,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded Brownfields sub-grant that expedited the cleanup. The city acquired the 15-acre riverside portion of the property, and has completed construction of significant portions of a new public park, including bike paths, greenspace, a pavilion, river access, and the use of historic sawmill objects as public art. On the remaining privately-owned 31 acres, Millsite Revitalization Project, LLP, plans to move forward with mixed retail and housing developments.
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What are Brownfields?

Brownfields are 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. Region 8's Brownfields program provides funds and technical assistance to states, tribes, communities, and other stakeholders to assess, clean up and redevelop brownfields properties in the Rocky Mountain region, making it easier for such lands to become vital, functioning parts of their communities. On this site, you can find information about Brownfields grants, program contacts and more.

Brownfields Program Benefits

The Region 8 Brownfields program has created many benefits for local communities across Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, as highlighted below (results as of September 2014). For additional details, view the summary of EPA Brownfields Program Benefits (PDF)(1 pg, 269 K, About PDF).

  • Properties assessed: 1,988
  • Cleanups completed: 151
  • Acres made ready for reuse: 3,658
  • Dollars leveraged: $1,422,365,799
  • Jobs leveraged: 6,646

News and Highlights

2015 National Brownfields Training Conference
The 2015 National Brownfields Training Conference will be held in Chicago, IL, September 2 - 4, 2015. The Conference “Call for Ideas” is open.  The deadline for submitted session ideas is November 3, 2014.  Click here for more information on the “Call for Ideas,” including proposed “Tracks” for the educational programming.

Region 8 to receive $600,000 in Revolving Loan Funds for Cleanup Projects
On August 14, 2014, EPA announced $11 million in Supplemental Revolving Loan Funds to clean up and redevelop contaminated brownfields sites across the country. These funds will go to 31 revolving loan fund grantees to continue their success with cleaning up and redeveloping brownfield properties. These grantees are some of the nation’s top performers. In Region 8, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will receive $400,000 and Great Falls Development Corporation will receive $200,000. Read more in the news release »

EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Guidelines Available

EPA announced the availability of funding to conduct research and develop an area-wide plan for the reuse of high priority brownfields sites within a project area. EPA anticipates awarding $4 million for approximately 20 projects funded up to $200,000. Proposals are due September 22, 2014.

Region 8 to Receive 3.2 million for Brownfields Projects

On May 28, 2014, the EPA announced $67 million in brownfields funding to help 171 communities address brownfield properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. In Region 8, $3.2 million will be awarded to support new assessment and cleanup brownfields projects in CO, MT and WY, and to assist Cheyenne River Sioux and Ute Mountain Ute with their cleanup and redevelopment efforts. The Region 8 grant recipients include:

Lewis and Clark County, Montana, Will Receive a $200,000 Environmental Job Training Grant

Lewis and Clark County is among 18 grantees nationwide receiving a total of approximately $3.6 million through EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. The County's $200,000 grant will be used to fund a training program to provide unemployed and underemployed individuals with skills and certifications needed to enter careers in the environmental field. The County will work with Helena College at the University of Montana to train students from Lewis and Clark, Granite, Powell and Deer Lodge Counties. Read more in the news release »

In the Summer Edition of the WBWire, read about EPA’s grant announcements including $67 million in assessment, revolving loan fund (RLF), cleanup (ARC) grants and $3.6 million in environmental workforce development and job training grants.

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