Resources

Remediation and Development Assistance Programs

Several city, state, and federal programs exist to assist property owners with the brownfield remediation process. This assistance can include helping an underutilized property return to productive use or allowing for expansion or resale opportunities. Jurisdiction over environmental matters in Oregon is given to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Would you like more information about the brownfield remediation process? The Brownfield Road Map illustrates the general steps involved in the investigation and cleanup of a brownfield site.

City Programs

State Programs

  • Business Oregon Brownfields Program: Business Oregon administers the Brownfields to assist individuals and local governments with brownfield evaluation, cleanup, and redevelopment activities.
    • Brownfield Redevelopment Program: This program provides financing opportunities for individuals, non-profit organizations, and local governments in Oregon to evaluate, cleanup, and redevelop brownfields.

      Contact: Karen Homolac, Brownfields Coordinator, 503-986-0050

  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Brownfields Program: The DEQ enforces all environmental programs pertaining to brownfields in the state and offers technical assistance, grants, and loans to assist in brownfield remediation activities.
    • Prospective Purchaser Agreement: This is a legally binding agreement between DEQ and a prospective purchaser or lessee of real property that limits the purchaser’s or lessee’s liability to DEQ for environmental cleanup of the property.
    • Site-Specific Assessments: Funded by EPA, DEQ performs site-specific assessments designed to promote redevelopment or property transfer.
    • Voluntary Cleanup Program: Provides oversight to property owners and others wishing to investigate and clean up hazardous substance sites in a voluntary, cooperative manner. The goal of the program is to increase the number of remediates sites by streamlining the cleanup process while ensuring compliance with Oregon environmental regulations.
    • Orphan Sites Program: Includes sites contaminated by a release of hazardous substances that poses serious threats to human health or the environment, where the parties responsible for the contamination are either unknown or unable or unwilling to pay for needed remedial actions.

      Contact: Rebecca Wells-Albers, Northwest Region Coordinator, 503-229-5585

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Brownfields: This website features federal workplace rules pertaining to brownfield sites.
  • Oregon Health Authority’s Brownfield Initiative: This program is designed to involve community members in identifying actions that support healthy living, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, providing education, and understanding the health benefits of brownfield redevelopment.

    Contact: Oregon Health Authority Staff, 971-673-0977, or ehap.info@state.or.us

  • Other State Economic Development Programs

Federal Programs

  • EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants: This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program is designed to provide funding to recruit, train, and place predominantly low-income and minority, unemployed, and under-employed residents of solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities with the skills needed to secure full-time sustainable employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities.

    Contact: Robert Tan-Coordinator, 206-553-2580, tan.robert@epa.gov

  • EPA Brownfields Grant Program: Providing direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, environmental job training, technical assistance, training and research.

    Contact: Terri Griffith-Coordinator, 206-553-8511, griffith.terri@epa.gov

  • Brownfields Road Map: This resource maintained by the EPA and Argonne National Laboratory illustrates the general steps involved in the investigation and cleanup of a brownfields site.
  • Center for Creative Land Recycling: The mission of this organization is to enable communities to develop sustainably and equitably through land recycling.
  • EPA Brownfields Program: The EPA offers a variety of grants, loans, and technical assistance to local governments and individuals alike.
    • EPA Region 10: Brownfields Cleanup& Redevelopment-The Pacific Northwest (Region 10) Region of the EPA offers several programs to assist in the cleanup and redevelop of brownfields.
  • National Brownfield Association: This organization is dedicated to promoting the redevelopment of brownfields in a sustainable manner.
  • Other Federal Economic Development Programs

Data and Mapping

  • Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) Database: A database maintained by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that tracks sites in the state with known or potential contamination from hazardous substances.
  • Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST): A database maintained by the DEQ that has information on leaking underground storage tanks across the state subject to regulation.
  • Envirofacts: A database maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that serves as a one-stop source for Environmental information.
  • EnviroMapper: A web mapping tool that provides a single point access to EPA environmental data.
  • Brownfield Glossary: This glossary includes a document that contains definitions of brownfield-related acronyms.
  • EJSCREEN: An environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides a nationally consistent dataset and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators.
  • Cleanups in My Community (CIMC): A map that provides hazardous waste cleanup locations and grant areas.

Reporting

  • ACRES: The Assessment, Cleanup, and Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES) is an online database for Brownfields grantees to electronically submit data directly to the EPA.
  • BIT: The Brownfield Inventory Tool (BIT) was developed by the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University. All data pertaining to existing conditions, land ownership, infrastructure, and general EPA brownfield grants management need to be posted within this program.

Relevant Research

  • Land Revitalization: Technical assistance, outreach and limited funding are available to assist communities in transforming their previously contaminated sites into sustainable redevelopment projects. The program documents and shares these projects to encourage other communities to revitalize their sites.
  • Brownfields Federal Partnerships: Local communities often can take advantage of federal resources to identify and address bureaucratic barriers to addressing local needs, and pilot-test new approaches and model projects.
  • ICMA Brownfields: International City/County Management Association (ICMA) maintains a research portal pertaining to brownfield activities of local governments across the United States.
  • Metro: Brownfield Scoping Project: The goal of this research project was to understand the scale and impacts of contaminated, underutilized properties in the Portland metropolitan area and assess a range of policy solutions to promote cleanup and redevelopment of these sites.
  • Oregon Brownfield Policy Workshop Summary: This report provides a snapshot of challenges and solutions to brownfield sites in the State of Oregon.

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