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Brownfields Technical Assistance and Research

The Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program provides technical assistance to brownfields communities and stakeholders. TAB providers serve as independent resources and can provide expert technical assistance and guidance for parties interested in acquiring, assessing, cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields properties. The TAB program is funded by EPA and available to all stakeholders. EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program: Transforming environmental liabilities into community assets provides information on TAB providers by region of the country and on the types of assistance available through the program.

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Technical Assistance and Research Projects under Section 104k(6)

Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB)

The TAB program provides technical assistance to communities to increase their understanding and involvement in brownfields cleanup, revitalization and reuse. TAB grantees serve as an independent resource to help communities, among other things, understand:
  • the health impacts of brownfields sites
  • how science and technology are used for site assessment, remediation, redevelopment and reuse, and
  • how to comply with voluntary cleanup requirements.

 View the brochure for EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program.

EPA has awarded three TAB grants which provide technical support to Brownfields sites in multiple EPA regions as listed below.  The map below shows where EPA regions are located so you can see which grantee covers a particular EPA region or state(s).

Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) grantees is provided by organizations such as the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR), they are technical experts who provide free guidance in brownfields redevelopment.  CCLR’s  video explains how they help communities tackle blighted properties.

Center for Creative Land Recycling: About Us video  Exit

Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) 

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Exit is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. The organization was formed in 1982 with the mission to strengthen the efforts of state and local development finance agencies fostering job creation and economic growth through the use of tax-exempt and other public-private partnership finance programs. CDFA members include state, county, and municipal agencies that provide or otherwise support economic development financing programs, as well as a variety of non-governmental and private organizations ranging from regional and large investment banks to commercial finance companies to bond counsel, bond insurers, trustees, venture capital companies, rating agencies, and other organizations interested in development finance.

Groundwork USA

Groundwork USA Exit is a national organization with local roots, engaging local businesses, residents and government officials to revitalize neighborhoods and transform community liabilities into community assets. They have a network of 20 local trusts based in small “legacy” cities, in underserved neighborhoods within larger cities, and in rural communities– all frequently overlooked by funders and policymakers.

Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute at Eastern Iowa Community College (HMTRI)

The Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) Exitat Eastern Iowa Community College is an environmental health and safety education and training organization established in 1987. HMTRI promotes environmental worker health and safety and the maintenance of a clean and safe environment through education and training. HMTRI offers and promotes educational opportunities, partnerships, and training programs related to Brownfields cleanup and redevelopment. 

University of Louisville

The University of LouisvilleExitis now doing research to investigate and develop a brownfields benefits tool that communities can use to see where it makes the most economic and environmental sense to invest their brownfields resources. The research was moved from Virginia Tech to the University of Louisville, their research partner.

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Other Technical Assistance Programs and Tools

Brownfields Road Map to Understanding Options for Site Investigation and Cleanup, Sixth Edition

The Brownfields Road Map (sixth edition) provides a general outline of how to assess and clean up a brownfields site and introduce stakeholders to a range of technology options and available resources. General concepts and basic considerations that affect the cleanup of brownfields sites are described with a streamlined approach that covers:
  • setting reuse goals and planning,
  • understanding regulations and liability concerns,
  • engaging the community, and
  • identifying funding.

Targeted for non-technical stakeholders and technical professionals, the Brownfields Road Map walks users through the big picture of managing a brownfields site from assessment to reuse and introduces technology options and considerations for each phase.

Brownfields Grant Recipients' Road Map to Understanding Quality Assurance Project Plans 

EPA prepared the Brownfields Grant Recipients' Road Map to Understanding Quality Assurance Project Plans to help recipients of an EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant design and complete site assessment projects more efficiently and effectively. This is accomplished by increasing their awareness and understanding of the importance of quality assurance (QA) in Brownfields site projects. The Road Map describes a general process for developing and using a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), while highlighting the benefits of a well-prepared QAPP and helping those responsible for the process to better understand and communicate with all parties involved.

Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center (BTSC)

EPA created the BTSC  Exitin 1998  to help decision-makers who prepare brownfield sites for productive reuse get technical and legal assistance needed to fully understand the complexities of investigating and cleaning up contaminated sites. Specifically, the BTSC helps 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; and
  • explain complex technologies to communities.

Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN)

CLU-IN Exitprovides 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.

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