EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
Region 6 Brownfields Resources
National Brownfields Resources
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
- The Brownfields Revitalization Act
- Grants & Funding
- National Brownfields & Land Revitalization Home Page
- National Brownfields Grant Competition
- Tools and Technical Information
- Where You Live
- The FY2014 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grant Competition guidelines were released on November 22. The deadline for submitting a proposal is January 22, 2014. Copies of the proposal guidelines have been posted on the national Brownfields and Land Revitalization website. The Region 6 Brownfields Team will host "Coffee Chats" on the following Wednesdays from 10:00am-11:00am CST: December 11 and 18, and January 8 and 15, to answer questions about the new guidelines. To join call 866-299-3188 and enter meeting code 2146658358#.
- A Request for Proposals for the FY14 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant competition was posted December 10. Copies of the guidelines are on the national Brownfields and Land Revitalization website. Proposals are due February 13, 2014.
- The Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) Program has funded over 40 environmental site assessments this past year. Services also include brownfield inventories, area-wide planning and site cleanup planning. There are now over 20 active TBA sites taking advantage of the free assessment services provided. Can your community use this assistance?
- Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) is an EPA-funded program assisting communities in their understanding and involvement in brownfields cleanup and revitalization, especially underserved, rural, small, and otherwise distressed communities. Kansas State Univesity's TAB Program (PDF, 1 p., 352KB) provides this free assistance for our region or visit the KSU TAB website to find webinars and workshops.
Brownfields Success Story
Albuquerque, New Mexico - Formerly a motel with a classic tourist motor court on Route 66, Luna Lodge is now providing low income housing. This rehabiliation project resulted in 30 apartments and achieved LEED Platinum certification for its energy efficiency. The New Mexico Environment Department provided a sub-grant from its EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund to address asbestos cleanup as part of the renovation.
Featured Brownfields Project
Bastrop, Texas - The Bastrop Fine Arts Guild needed assistance with its plans to turn the former Powell Cotton Seed Mill site into the Lost Pines Art Complex. The EPA Targeted Brownfiields Assessment Program provided a Phase II ESA which identified contaminants requiring remediation and a Phase II Supplement ESA which allowed the Texas Committee on Environmental Quality to issue a Certificate of Completion for the cleanup. The Guild has begun redevelopment which will include 4,000 square feet of gallery space, artist studios, classrooms and specialty shops. The site will also feature an outdoor sculptue garden, Xeriscape landscaping with a rainwater collection system, outdoor water feature, and patio.
Region 6 Brownfields Accomplishments
Since the Brownfields Program inception in 1996, Region 6 grantees have been awarded over $73 million in brownfields competitive grants. Region 6 is proud to report that over 1400 sites have been assessed, 18,000 jobs created and $3.5 billion leveraged in redevelopment. Data on EPA grant-funded Brownfields sites is available at Cleanups in My Community.
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