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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 December 2014). For additional details, view the summary of EPA Brownfields Program Benefits (PDF)(1 pg, 269 K, About PDF).

  • Properties assessed: 2,028
  • Cleanups completed: 155
  • Acres made ready for reuse: 3,671
  • Dollars leveraged: $1,450,571,765
  • Jobs leveraged: 6,765

News and Highlights

EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
EPA's Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants (PDF) has been posted! This is a national, competitive grant program that awards up to $200,000 to recruit, train and place under and/or unemployed individuals in the environmental workforce. Proposals are due to EPA on 2/3/2015.

EPA Requests Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grant Proposals
EPA is seeking proposals for Brownfields assessment and cleanup grants. These grants maybe used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances comingled with petroleum). The proposal deadline is December 19, 2014. Go to the proposal guidelines and frequently asked questions.

View the assessment and cleanup RFP outreach webinar slides:

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


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