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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 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 May 2014). For additional details, view the summary of EPA Brownfields Program Benefits (PDF)(1 pg, 269 K, About PDF).
- Properties assessed: 1,974
- Cleanups completed: 151
- Acres made ready for reuse: 3,602
- Dollars leveraged: $1,400,373,999
- Jobs leveraged: 5,746
News and Highlights
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:
- Lake County, Colorado will receive a $400,000 assessment grant to inventory properties and conduct environmental site assessments in downtown Leadville and other parts of Lake County.
- The City of Montrose, Colorado will be awarded $400,000 to conduct environmental assessments in the City of Montrose including abandoned industrial areas along the Uncompahgre River.
- The Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe will use $200,000 to clean up the Old Towaoc Landfill, which allow the tribe to move forward with their plans to install solar panels on the landfill.
- Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana will use $400,000 to conduct environmental assessments throughout north central Montana.
- Big Sky Economic Development Authority, Montana will receive a $400,000 assessment grant to conduct environmental site assessments at blighted and contaminated properties in the City of Billings with a focus on revitalization in the East Billings Urban Renewal district.
- Great Northern Development Authority, Montana will receive a $600,000 assessment coalition grant that will focus on small, rural communities in eastern Montana.
- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will use a $200,000 grant to clean contamination at the Old Swiftbird Day School.
- The City of Green River, Wyoming will be awarded a $199,476 cleanup grant to address contamination at the Green River Union Pacific Depot.
- The City of Sheridan, Wyoming receive a $400,000 assessment grant to inventory brownfields and conduct environmental site assessments.
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 Region 8 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.