Brownfields and Land Revitalization in Region 6
The EPA Brownfields Program in Region 6 provides grants and technical assistance in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Brownfields assistance can be used to assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse contaminated properties.
On this page, you will find information specific to Region 6’s Brownfields activities. Please visit the national Brownfields Program and Land Revitalization web sites for more information about brownfields, competitive grants and national program benefits.
On this page:
- Brownfields Technical Assistance
- Materials for Brownfields Grants
- Stories from Around the Region
- Highlights from Region 6
- State Cleanup Programs Within Region 6
- State & Tribal Response Programs Agreements
Targeted Brownfields Assessments (TBA)
EPA provides environmental assessment services free of charge to communities through the Targeted Brownfields Assessments (TBA) program. Services typically include brownfields inventories, area wide planning, site environmental assessments and investigations and site cleanup planning. To request a TBA, please complete and submit the short application form.
Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB)
EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) program provides free technical assistance to communities, especially those in underserved, rural, small and otherwise distressed, communities to increase their understanding and involvement in brownfields cleanup, revitalization and reuse. The TAB program is funded by EPA and available to all stakeholders. The Kansas City University (KSU) TAB program provides this assistance to Region 6.
After the application package has been reviewed and found eligible, reporting requirements must be adhered to through the life of the grant. EPA solicits proposals for Brownfields assessment, cleanup and revolving loan fund grants annually, generally in the fall. Please refer to the Proposal Guidelines for how to apply.
- *ABCA Example for Cleanup Grant Proposals (*Note: To be consulted in conjunction with FAQs and ABCA Checklist below)
- CHECKLIST: How to Address Changing Climate Concerns in an Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA)
- TAB EZ EXITis an independent grant writing tool sponsored by the Kansas State University to be used for preparation of EPA Brownfields grant proposals. Currently, TAB EZ only addresses assessment and cleanup grants; RLF grant proposal outlines may be added at a later date. While EPA is not endorsing this tool, we want to make sure that communities know about its availability.
- Multipurpose, Assessment, RLF and Cleaup (MARC) Grant Application Resources
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Formerly a motel with a classic tourist motor court on Route 66, Luna Lodge is now providing low income housing. This rehabilitation 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.
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 Region 6 Targeted Brownfields 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 sculpture garden, Xeriscape landscaping with a rainwater collection system, outdoor water feature, and patio.
Since 1996, the Brownfields Program in Region 6 has provided competitive grants and technical assistance to Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. Region 6 is proud to report that over 2,170 sites have been assessed, 20,991 jobs have been created, 612 properties and 12,306 acres have been made available for reuse, 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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- New Mexico Environment Department
- Texas Commission of Environmental Quality
- Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
- Arkansas Energy and Environment, Brownfield Program
- Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality