Tools & Technical Information
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EPA is committed to providing tools and technical resources to help a variety of stakeholders identify technologies, technical help, contacts, and other resources to aid in the assessment and cleanup of brownfield properties.
- Public Infrastructure Coordination Assessment and Planning Tool
- The Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center (BTSC)
- Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN) Web Site
- Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) Grants
- Land Use and Institutional Controls
- "Vision to Action" Inspiration Tool
- Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC)
Communities throughout the U.S. are grappling with the effects of changing population (growing or shrinking), aging infrastructure, and fewer public resources available to invest in public infrastructure, including local water, wastewater, stormwater and road infrastructure systems. The Public Infrastructure Coordination Assessment and Planning Tool is intended to help communities identify opportunities to leverage investments across systems—stretching resources further, and garnering public support—by taking a more coordinated approach to infrastructure management.
The tool builds on the principles and best practices in public infrastructure Asset Management (AM) and can be used to help communities assess their progress and consider the benefits of a coordinated, cross-system, cross-department, or city-wide AM approach. The tool is intended for communities that are new to AM concepts and communities that are more familiar and experienced with AM practices but have yet to embark on a cross-system, city-wide approach.
This version of the Public Infrastructure Coordination Assessment and Planning Tool focuses on municipal water, wastewater, stormwater, and road infrastructure. However, the principles can be applied more broadly to consider other assets (e.g., municipal buildings, schools, parks, etc.). A list of information resources on infrastructure and asset management is also provided in the tool.
Decision-makers involved with preparing brownfields sites for productive reuse often require technical and legal assistance to fully understand the complexities of investigating and cleaning up contaminated sites. EPA created the BTSC in 1998 to help decision-makers:
- Evaluate strategies to streamline the site investigation and cleanup process
- Identify and review information about complex technology options
- Evaluate contractor capabilities and recommendations
- Explain complex technologies to communities
- Technical Assistance
The CLU-IN Web Site provides information about innovative treatment and site characterization technologies to the hazardous waste remediation community. It describes programs, organizations, publications, and other tools for federal and state personnel, consulting engineers, technology developers and vendors, remediation contractors, researchers, community groups, and individual citizens. The site was developed by EPA but is intended as a forum for all waste remediation stakeholders.
The TAB Program funds technical assistance to communities and other stakeholders on brownfields issues with the goal of increasing the community's understanding and involvement in brownfield cleanup and revitalization, and helping to move brownfields sites forward toward cleanup and reuse. The TAB grantees funded through the TAB Program, among other things, serve as an independent resource assisting communities with community involvement, better understanding the health impacts of brownfield sites, science and technology relating to brownfield site assessment, remediation, and site preparation activities, brownfield finance questions, information on integrated approaches to brownfield cleanup and redevelopment, facilitating stakeholder involvement, identifying sources of brownfields assessment and cleanup funding, understanding and complying with state brownfields and voluntary cleanup program requirements, and facilitating redevelopment activities. More information about the TAB grantees providing technical assistance in your area can be found by click on the map below. View the brochure for EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program.
"Vision to Action" Inspiration Tool
The "Vision-to-Action" tool (PDF) (13 pp, 1.2M) is a process designed to inspire community members to: (1) visualize what they value about the place they live and/or visualize how they would like their community to change and (2) translate their visualizations into the actions needed to bring their visions into reality. The process utilizes an artist to facilitate the visualization and to help people get in touch with features that make communities unique and livable.
Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC)
The ITRC is a state-led coalition working together with industry and stakeholders to achieve regulatory acceptance of environmental technologies. ITRC consists of 40 states, the District of Columbia, multiple federal partners, industry participants, and other stakeholders. This page links to publications that pertain to guidance documents created by ITRC.