Region 7 Brownfield Information
Brownfield sites 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. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.
- Brownfield Program Background
- Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites
- Brownfield Program Activities and Initiatives
- Brownfield Partnerships
- Brownfield Grant Recipients in Region 7
- Brownfield Tools & Resources
- State Brownfield Sites
- Brownfield Program Contacts
Brownfield Program Background
EPA's Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to sustainably reuse brownfields. To achive these goals, the Brownfields Program provides funds and technical assistance to states, local communities, tribes and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to prevent, assess clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfield sites. More Brownfields Information.
Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites
It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfield sites in the United States. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides financial and technical assistance for brownfields activities through an approach based on four main goals:
- Protecting the Environment
- Promoting Partnerships
- Strengthening the Marketplace
- Sustaining Reuse
Brownfields grants serve as the foundation of EPA’s Brownfields Program. These grants support revitalization efforts by funding environmental assessment, cleanup, and job training activities.
- Brownfields Assessment Grants provide funding for brownfield inventories, planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach.
- Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants provide funding to capitalize loans that are used to clean up brownfield sites.
- Brownfields Job Training Grants provide environmental training for residents of brownfield communities.
- Brownfields Cleanup Grants provide direct funding for cleanup activities at certain properties with planned greenspace, recreational, or other nonprofit uses.
Brownfield Program Activities and Initiatives
The Brownfields Program promotes the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites through a series of activities and initiatives that explore sector-based solutions, enhance environmental quality, stimulate economic development, and revitalize communities. More information on national Brownfield initiatives.
EPA has continued to build partnershipswith a wide range of stakeholders - including federal partners, state, tribal and local governments, and non-governmental organizations - to promote the cleanup and reuse of Brownfield sites.
Brownfield Grant Recipients in Region 7
Region 7 maintains a catalogue of brownfield sites through the Region where pollution is being or has been cleaned up. Sites are organized by state, and allow you to find site summaries, site profiles, contacts, and fact sheets.
- Brownfield Success Stories in Region 7.
- Region 7 Brownfields Grantees brochure (PDF) (8 pp, 645 K, about PDF)
Brownfield Tools & Resources
EPA and Region 7 have developed many tools and resources that can help implement redevelopment activities at contaminated sites and properties. Many states and other stakeholders also have developed useful materials. Most of these tools are available electronically through this website.
State Brownfield sites
Brownfield Program Contacts
An appropriate Region 7 contact for reusing a brownfield site can be found on the Revitalization Contacts page.