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Brownfields in Region 8
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 Region 8’s Brownfields Program including 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 2013). For additional details, view the summary of EPA Brownfields Program Benefits (PDF, 1 pg, 137K).
- Properties assessed: 1,846.
- Cleanups completed: 129.
- Acres made ready for reuse: 3,341.
- Dollars leveraged: $1,319,562,537.
- Jobs leveraged: 4,570.
News and Highlights
FY2014 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grant Guidelines Available
EPA just released its new solicitation for Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup, and Revolving Loan Fund grant proposals. These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding include Assessment Grants, Cleanup Grants and Revolving Loan Fund Grants. The proposal guidelines and frequently asked asked questions are available here. The proposal deadline is January 22, 2014.
The following slides are from Webinars the EPA Denver office held to discuss the FY14 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grant guidelines.
- FY14 Assessment Grant Guideline Webinar
- FY14 Revolving Loan Fund Grant Guideline Webinar
- FY14 Cleanup Grant Guideline Webinar
Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities
EPA announced new grants to help communities overcome the challenges of assessing, cleaning up and preparing brownfields sites for redevelopment. Building on its previous experience working with communities, and its extensive team of subgrantees, contractors, partners and other network contacts, Kansas State University will be available to assist Region 8 communities. Kansas State University has a wide range of expertise and technical resources. Visit the Kansas State TAB website to learn more about the services they can provide.
The Winter Edition of the WBWire is here. New to brownfields or need help with a project? Technical assistance is available to help communities overcome brownfields challenges. Read more in the Winter Edition of the WBWire.