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Brownfields and Land Revitalization in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska

This page provides information about EPA's Brownfields activities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington (Region 10).

  • Targeted Brownfields Assessments

    A Targeted Brownfields Assessment is an environmental investigation that documents environmental conditions at a property under consideration for redevelopment.

    EPA can provide communities and nonprofit organizations with free environmental assessments, cleanup planning, and visioning services for brownfield properties with redevelopment potential.

  • Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities

    EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) program provides free technical assistance to communities to increase their understanding and involvement in brownfields cleanup, revitalization and reuse.

    The following TAB providers offer grant writing workshops, training, and one-on-one consultations free of charge to entities interested in redeveloping qualifying derelict properties that may be contaminated.

    TAB providers in other Regions:
  • Program Highlights from Region 10

    Brownfield Partners with ADEC and ANTHC to Help Address Conveyed Land Issues

    EPA Brownfield and Assessment staff are partnering with Alaska Department of Conservation (ADEC), to implement the 2016 recommendations of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) concerning contaminated lands conveyed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

    The BLM, the Alaska Statement of Cooperation contaminated lands workgroup, and Alaska Native stakeholders developed an initial inventory. As a result, the EPA and ADEC joined as co-leads with the Department of Interior.

    EPA is providing brownfield funding both to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) to assist with engaging native communities, and to ADEC to assist with finalizing the inventory.

    Brownfield Assessment in Toksook, Alaska

    Toksook Childhood Center in the City of Toksook Bay, Alaska.On behalf of the City of Toksook Bay, the Rural Alaska Community Action Program requested an environmental assessment of a former airport. An investigation of petroleum contamination was completed as technical assistance through the EPA Region 10 Targeted Brownfields Assessment program.

    The results confirmed no petroleum contamination allowing this small coastal village on Nelson Island, Alaska, to develop a new ADA-compliant, energy-efficient early childhood center.

    With $2,000,000 in leveraged redevelopment funding, this project provides a great example of meeting community need through partnerships and community support.

    Brownfields Cleanup on the Tualatin River, Oregon

    Sign marking the Farming Paddle Launch on the Tualatin River Water Trail in Oregon.In summer 2017, Portland Metro hosted the opening of the Farmington Paddle Launch in Hillsboro, Oregon. Using $176,000 of an EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund grant through Business Oregon, Metro completed a soil cleanup and leveraged funding to remove tons of soil and concrete.

    With additional leveraging from Oregon Parks and Recreation, this 1.6-acre parcel was combined with others to complete the first part of the Tualatin River Water Trail – a launch site for non-motorized craft.

    Land Revitalization Assistance at the Former Prairie Elementary School in Cottonwood, Idaho

    Former elementary school in Cottonwood, Idaho, redeveloped using EPA brownfields program funding.In 2017, at the request of Idaho's Cottonwood School District, an EPA brownfield and land revitalization team provided technical assistance for redevelopment of a former elementary school. The team assessed the current market and provided a Best Value Analysis Report with designs and recommendations to facilitate revitalization.

    Based on the reuse scenarios, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s brownfields program completed a clean-up using EPA funding, enabling the school district to sell the larger portion of the property in support of the community’s vision.

State Cleanup Programs