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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Land Revitalization in the Outer Pacific Islands

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

EPA works with many partners to re-vitalize Pacific territories

Hawai'i State Governor Linda Lingle hosts environmental officials from the Outer Islands
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Partnerships

Background

In Region 9 we are incorporating revitalization into each of our cleanup programs. Building partnerships with local, state, and other federal agencies is a high priority for Region 9 and an important step in implementing and developing site reuse. Government agencies are collaborating to address environmental and revitalization issues unique to the Pacific Islands. The inaugural meeting of the Pacific Islands Brownfields Response Team was held in Honolulu in February, 2008.

Representatives from Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and Hawaii agreed to share knowledge, expertise and resources about brownfields response programs and cleanup of contaminated property. The Team also agreed to develop uniform Environmental Screening Levels (ESLs) across the Islands. These ESLs will be used to evaluate whether cleanups are required and should provide Pacific-wide standards for lenders and developers.

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