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Region 5 Brownfields

Brownfields Workshops

Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Workshop
Sept. 9, 2014
Worthington, MN

State Brownfield Offices:
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Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.

Regional Auto Sector Recovery Workgroup

The 2009 bankruptcies of both General Motors Corporation and Chrysler Corporation have left their mark on the economy and landscape. In addition to a staggering job loss in the hundred of thousands, these recent bankruptcies have also added over 8,700 acres (over 14 square miles) and 60 million square feet of newly vacant commercial/industrial property to the nation's brownfield and vacant property inventories. The job losses and diminished tax revenues are crippling many communities. In response to this, the White House established an Auto Sector Community Recovery Initiative aimed at bringing targeted government resources to the industries, communities, and states impacted. The Departments of Labor, Energy and Transportation, HUD, EDA, SBA and EPA are all involved and have brought significant resources to the situation.

Region 5 staff are providing directed technical assistance to a number of communities through environmental assessments, redevelopment planning and liability clarifications as well as continuing to participate in stakeholder sessions throughout the Region.

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Region 5 Greener Cleanup Coordination

Region 5's Superfund Greener Cleanup (GC) Coordinators have collaborated with other agencies to develop the Region 5 Interim Greener Cleanup Policy (PDF) (4 pp 171 K) and the Region 5 Superfund Greener Cleanup Implementation Strategy (PDF) (13 pp 528 K). The GC Coordinators will direct all Superfund and Land and Chemicals GC activities and participate in regional and national workgroups regarding greener cleanups, including those involving the development of metrics and definitions/measure of progress. They will also develop and participate in cross-divisional teams and develop networks and electronic information sharing.

Region 5's efforts towards greener environmental cleanups appear below. Visitors can learn about green remediation strategies and principles, as well as current activities and events. News will be published on pilot studies, actions, and next steps, providing access to policy and research documents.

As part of the lessons learned from pilot studies at regional sites, Considerations When Conducting Environmental Footprint Analyses (PDF)  (5 pp 304 K) was created to provide suggestions to improve the process of using EFAs at cleanup sites. 

Other greener cleanup activities/actions in Region 5 include:

The following greener cleanup activities are currently underway in Region 5:

Region 5 Greener Cleanup Coordinators (Superfund & Land and Chemicals Divisions):
Brad Bradley, Superfund GC Coordinator
Phone: (312) 886-4742  E-mail: bradley.brad@epa.gov This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brownfields Grants

Region 5 Brownfields Program provides funds and technical assistance to states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustain the reuse of brownfields.


TAB EZ is free software that can assist communities applying for assessment and cleanup grants. TAB EZ is not a substitute for reading the guidelines.

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Sustainable Practices Brownfields Prevention Challenge

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Targeted Brownfields Assessment

Subtitle A of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act authorizes EPA to establish a program to perform Targeted Brownfields Assessments (TBAs) such as Phase 1 and Phase 2 assessments at properties within Region 5 at no cost to local governments and tribes. Information gathered from a TBA gives local governments and prospective purchasers a better understanding of potential contamination issues at Brownfields sites in their communities.

EPA Region 5 has limited resources to help communities complete TBAs.

EPA will select sites in accordance with the criteria in the Targeted Brownfields Assessments Fact Sheet (PDF) (2pp, 140K, About PDF) September 2007. In making final decisions on distribution of this resource to applicants, EPA may consider a balanced distribution among the Region 5 States and Tribes. EPA will review the request and determine whether the property itself and the site assessment work are eligible; EPA will document that decision. Upon approval of TBA funding, EPA and/or the State can help refine community assessment needs, work expectations, and timelines.

Contact Brad Stimple (stimple.brad@epa.gov) 440-250-1717 for more information.

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New Assessment, Cleanup and Revolving Loan Fund Grantee Information

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Submit Photos to the EPA Photo Archive

EPA frequently gets requests for before and after photos of Brownfields sites. Use the following links to submit your photos:

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