This report highlights how tribes are using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program funding to address contaminated land in Indian country and other tribal lands. It also highlights the challenges tribes face. It provides a historic overview of EPA’s Brownfields Program, as it relates to tribes, and demonstrates EPA’s commitment to the development of tribal capacity to deal effectively with contaminated lands in Indian country. The report includes examples of tribal successes to both highlight accomplishments and serve as a resource for ideas, information and reference.
Envirofacts is a single point of access to select U.S. EPA environmental data. This website provides access to several EPA databases to provide you with information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States. With Envirofacts, you can learn more about these environmental activities in your area or you can generate maps of environmental information.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Brownfields Job Training Program to help ensure that the residents of
communities most affected by brownfields would share in the benefits of their cleanup and
reuse. The Job Training Program transforms lives by empowering unemployed and underemployed, predominantly low-income and
minority residents of Brownfields communities. The Program does this by providing funding and technical assistance for environmental cleanup
and health and safety training to organizations currently training residents of brownfieldsimpacted
communities who are seeking new
skills and greater earning potential. The Program helps clean up brownfields, spurs sustainable economic development, and creates a pool of skilled workers capable of
meeting the environmental cleanup and green jobs industriesâ€™ demand for workers.
Job Training Grants are funded up to $200,000 over two years. These Grants bring together community groups, job training organizations, educators, labor groups, investors, lenders, developers, and other affected parties to address the issue of providing environmental employment and training for residents in communities impacted by Brownfields. EPA’s Brownfields Program is an organized commitment to help communities revitalize Brownfields properties both environmentally and economically, mitigate potential health risks, and restore economic vitality to areas where Brownfields exist.
The purpose of this Brownfields ToolBox is to provide members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Initiative communities with the knowledge and tools necessary to undertake activities that will maximize environmental job development, education, and employment opportunities for residents living in those communities. The Toolbox was rebuilt and expanded in 2009 to include Professional Learning Community (PLC) resources, Web forums, FAQ’s, Announcements, Related Links, a Job Development site map, and much more.
Brownfield redevelopment, particularly for new housing, is viewed by authorities and the electorate as preferable to building on greenbelt or floodplains. However, in many cases, brownfield sites have suffered from historical contamination by metals, acidity and/or hydrocarbons. Conventional approaches to remediation, including soil washing and excavation, often make remediation options financially prohibitive. Under the New Regime, identified land contamination needs to be treated such that potential migration of contaminants to human receptors is reduced to an acceptable risk level. Conventionally a variety of stabilisation techniques are used to retain contaminants, notably metals, in place. These include treatment with lime, pulverised fuel ash (PFA) or other materials, many of which are harmful to handle, transient in their treatment effectiveness, or are themselves detrimental to the ecological recovery of the treated area.
The EPA has determined that new ASTM standard E 1527-05 is in FULL COMPLIANCE with the requirements for conducting AAIs specified in the recently published EPA rule, “Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries.”
The recent Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act sets forth as law specific eligibility conditions for achieving CERCLA liability protections know as “All Appropriate Inquiries” (AAIs). E 1527 demonstrates how to conduct “all appropriate inquires . . . into the previous ownership and uses of the site in accordance with generally accepted good commercial and customary standards and practices.
The Brownfields in a Box simulation includes:
Anyplace, USA map
The Nahant Marsh case study includes:
Marsh life information
EPA cleanup action
Video and marsh tour
The CD also contains an instructorâ€™s manual, role-play materials, blank data sheets, activities, resources, teaching guidance, and evaluation forms.
The FDEP Brownfields GeoViewer mapping tool can locate and display state-designated Brownfield areas and sites with signed rehabilitation agreements, and to help determine if those areas fall within or near other State or Federal incentive zones, such as
Article database from the Academy of Natural Science of Philadelphia related to many environmental issues.