Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Land Revitalization in Hawai´i
US EPA Cleanup
Programs at Work
The Vision: to restore the nation's contaminated land resources and enable communities to safely return these properties to beneficial economic, ecological, and societal uses.
Putting formerly contaminated land to use is a priority for all of EPA's cleanup programs. Whether the cleanup is performed as a Superfund removal action, remedial action, RCRA corrective action, a UST cleanup action, or under a Brownfields Grant, the end-use of the land is always kept in mind.
Focusing on land revitalization preserves Hawai´i's precious natural resources and is key to sustainable living within this island state. Incorporating efficient land and energy usage practices in EPA's revitalization projects helps to maintain Hawai´i's natural environment while simultaneously allowing for beneficial reuse.
In Region 9 we are incorporating revitalization into each of our cleanup programs. Building partnerships with state, local, and private agencies is a high priority for Region 9 and a crucial part in implementing and developing programs necessary for successful site reuse. Joint ventures with the Hawai´i Department of Health (HDOH), Hawai´i Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (HDEBT), and other state and local agencies have led to creative solutions for land revitalization challenges in Hawai´i.
The ongoing HDOH Brownfields Forum is an example of one way in which revitalization solutions have been encouraged in the State of Hawai´i. The Forum raises awareness about the Brownfields program and helps to build partnerships among the federal, state, and local agencies and other interested parties interested in developing land reuse solutions.
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