Brownfields Technical Assistance and Research
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) Brownfields Amendments authorize EPA to provide funding to organizations to conduct research and to provide training and technical assistance to communities to help address their brownfields challenges. Information presented below lists past and current technical assistance and research projects EPA funds and resources that are available to all communities.
Please review the Technical Assistance, Training, and Research Application Resources for information on open solicitations.
- Technical Assistance, Training and Research Projects Funded or Awarded under CERCLA §104(k)(7) Authority
- Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB)
- New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
- Kansas State University (KSU)
- Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR)
- University of Connecticut
- The West Virginia University Research Corporation
- The International City/County Management Association
- Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB)
- Technical Assistance Tools
Technical Assistance and Research Projects under Section 104k(7)
Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB)
The Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) (pdf) Program provides technical assistance to communities and stakeholders to help address their brownfield sites, and to increase their understanding and involvement in brownfields cleanup, revitalization and reuse. The TAB Program is funded by EPA and available to all stakeholders.
TAB grant recipients (also known as TAB providers) serve as an independent resource and can provide expert technical assistance and guidance to help communities, among other things, understand:
- acquiring, assessing, cleaning up and redeveloping brownfield properties;
- the health impacts of brownfield sites;
- how science and technology are used for site assessment, remediation, redevelopment and reuse; and
- how to comply with voluntary cleanup requirements.
EPA has awarded six TAB Grants which provide technical support to brownfield sites in multiple EPA regions as listed below. The map below shows where EPA regions are located so you can see which TAB provider covers a particular EPA region or state(s).
- EPA Region 1:
- EPA Region 2:
- EPA Region 3:
- EPA Region 4:
- EPA Regions 5, 6, 7, 8 and nationwide:
- Website: Kansas State University (KSU)
- EPA Regions 9 and 10:
These videos further explain how our TAB grantees help communities tackle blighted properties:
- New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT): What is TAB? video
- Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR): About Us video
Groundwork USA 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 21 local trusts based in small “legacy” cities, in underserved neighborhoods within larger cities, and in rural communities– all frequently overlooked by funders and policymakers.
Through May 2024, Groundwork USA will develop materials and provide free technical assistance to 25 communities across the U.S. to promote the integration of environmental justice and equitable development principles when developing solutions to brownfields assessment, cleanup, and revitalization challenges.
- For access to resources and to request technical assistance, visit Groundwork USA's website
- Sign up to receive the Groundwork USA newsletter
- Groundwork USA Resources and Technical Assistance (pdf)
Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute at Eastern Iowa Community College (HMTRI)
The Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI)at 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. You can sign up for their newsletter to receive updates directly from HMTRI.
Webinar: Free Brownfields Technical Assistance Available to Communities
EPA hosted a webinar in October 2021 to feature the range of FREE assistance available to communities who struggle with brownfield challenges. This webinar featured speakers from the following:
- Equitable Development in Brownfields Planning provider (Groundwork USA)
- Brownfields Redevelopment Training & Education provider (Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute)
- Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) Program providers (Kansas State University and the Center for Creative Land Recycling)
Visit the archive to watch the webinar recording and download presentation materials.
Technical Assistance Tools
Brownfields Road Map to Understanding Options for Site Investigation and Cleanup, Sixth Edition
- 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 brownfield 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 brownfield 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.
Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN)
CLU-IN 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.