EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
Region 6 Brownfields Resources
EPA is announcing the availability of funding to eligible entities who wish to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. This funding is for community engagement, planning, inventory of brownfields properties, technical assistance, and/or training activities directed to revitalization of a specific area (such as a neighborhood, district, local commercial corridor, community waterfront or city block). For more information, visit the Brownfields and Land Revitalization Apply for Funding page.
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.
Featured 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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