Region 8

Region 8 Brownfields Activities Under the Recovery Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 will provide $100 million to the EPA Brownfields Program for cleanup, revitalization, and sustainable reuse of contaminated properties. The funds will be awarded to eligible entities through job training, assessment, revolving loan fund, and cleanup grants and contractual assistance.  In Region 8, the following entities will use Recovery Act funds to address brownfields properties:

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Supplemental Funding

City of Aurora, Colorado - The City of Aurora was selected to receive $1,450,000 in RLF supplemental funds.  The City of Aurora will provide low-interest loans for cleanup projects in the urban renewal area surrounding the Fitzsimons medical and technology campus and in other redevelopment target areas. Contact:  Ted Lanzano, (303) 312-6596

Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) - CDPHE will use $1,350,000 in ARRA funds to provide cleanup grants that encourage the redevelopment of nearly a dozen properties throughout the state. Contact:  Ted Lanzano, (303) 312-6596

City of Missoula, Montana - The City of Missoula was selected to receive $900,000 in Recovery Act funding to provide loans to help carry out cleanup activities and redevelopment projects, and create jobs for people living near brownfields. Contact:  Ted Lanzano, (303) 312-6596


Cleanup Grants

Kit Carson, Colorado – The town of Kit Carson, CO, was awarded $200,000 to clean up the Paxson Building site located in the center of town.  The currently vacant site was home to a variety of operations, including an automobile dealership, repair shop, and a fuel station. Once cleaned, the property will provide six business-ready sites available for commercial use. Contact:  Bill Rothenmeyer, (303) 312-6045


Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Tribe, South Dakota -  The Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribe will receive $200,000 to cleanup hazardous substances at the Tekakwitha Old Orphanage and Boarding School Complex.  Once the site is cleaned, the Tribe plans to reuse it as a recreational area, ballparks, and open space.  Contact:  Barbara Benoy (303) 312-6760


Assessment Grants

Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana – The Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana will receive $400,000 of stimulus funds to inventory and prioritize brownfields sites, and conduct environmental site assessments for hazardous substances and petroleum contamination.  Contact:  Stephanie Wallace, (406) 457-5018

Utah Department of Environmental Quality – The Utah Department of Environmental Quality was selected to receive $200,000 to conduct environmental assessments at sites contaminated by petroleum. This grant will help minimize the uncertainties of petroleum contamination in the State, paving the way for possible cleanup and redevelopment. Contact:  Karen Reed, (303) 312-6019

Targeted Brownfields Assessments

In addition to grants, the EPA Brownfield program also provides contractual assistance to communities to conduct environmental assessments.  Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Region 8 expect to use approximately $700,000 for Phase I and Phase II assessments and cleanup planning.  Region 8 accepts applications for assessment assistance on an ongoing basis and applications are available here. Contact: Bill Rothenmeyer, (303) 312-6045

Region 8 Contact Information:

Brownfields Coordinator
Daniel Heffernan
1595 Wynkoop St (EPR-B)
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 312-7074