Improve/Coordinate Government Efforts
of Housing and Urban Development
EPA has partnered with the U.S. Department of Housing to promote affordable housing redevelopment activities on formerly contaminated properties under the Brownfields Federal Partnership Action Agenda. Specifically, EPA and HUD have joined forces in a research project under the Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative to better understand the impact that environmental hazards and the environmental regulatory process may have on urban redevelopment.
EPA and HUD have also partnered with the Department of Labor to collaborate on the Superfund STEP-UP program which facilitates training and employment opportunities for community residents in the environmental cleanup field.
Army Corps of Engineers
In July 2002, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered into a memorandum of understanding (PDF) (4 pp, 221K, About PDF) to address water quality issues, economic revitalization, and the public use and enjoyment of urban rivers. The two agencies agreed to designate eight (8) demonstration pilot projects to coordinate the planning and implementation of urban river cleanup and restoration.
Portfields Initiative (PDF) (24 pp, 1.9MB, About PDF)
The Portfields Initiative is a federal interagency effort led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aimed at working with port communities in revitalizing waterfront areas, improving marine transportation (such as barges), and restoring and protecting coastal resources. Three port cities are receiving federal support in the cleanup and reuse of Brownfields contaminated properties: New Bedford, Mass.; Tampa, Fla.; and Bellingham, Wash. The federal agencies involved in partnership with NOAA on Portfields are: EPA; the Economic Development Administration; the Maritime Administration; the Department of Labor; the Army Corps of Engineers; the Department of Interior; and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.