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Directory of Technical Assistance for Land Revitalization

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Overview

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Technology Support Center (BTSC) has prepared this directory to provide information about technical assistance that is available from federal agencies to assist regional, state, and local government personnel in assessment and cleanup decisions at brownfields, reuse, and revitalization sites. This directory includes information about the different types of support available to help with site assessment and cleanup, including technical support and funding sources.

About the Brownfields Technology Support Center

EPA established the BTSC to ensure that brownfields decision makers are aware of the full range of technologies available for conducting site assessments and cleanup, and can make informed decisions about their sites. The center can help decision makers evaluate strategies to streamline the site assessment and cleanup process, identify and review information about complex technology options, evaluate contractor capabilities and recommendations, explain complex technologies to communities, and plan technology demonstrations. The center is coordinated through EPA's Technology Innovation Office (TIO) and offers access to experts from EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) and other Federal agencies such as the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DOE). Localities can submit requests for assistance directly through their EPA Regional Brownfields Coordinators; online; or by calling toll free 1(877) 838-7220. For more information about the BTSC contact Dan Powell of EPA TIO at (703) 603-7196 or powell.dan@epa.gov.

Revitalization and reuse of contaminated sites is a priority for federal agencies to help foster economic development and better environmental results for communities. Ongoing revitalization and reuse efforts include Brownfields, Superfund site recycling, USTfields, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), state programs (such as Voluntary Cleanup, Brownfields, and Superfund), and private sector initiatives. The national partnership agenda identifies the overall commitments of federal agencies to work together to support revitalization and reuse of contaminated sites.

The National Partnership Agenda

The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (Public Law 107-118) was signed into law in January 2002. A portion of this law discusses the coordination of EPA with other federal agencies in providing information about a range of federal resources. EPA and 21 other federal agencies recently announced their commitment to work together through the Brownfields Federal Partnership Action Agenda. The Agenda includes commitments by federal agencies to work together in a timely manner to help communities more effectively prevent, assess, clean up, and reuse Brownfields. Highlights of these commitments include:

  • EPA's commitment to provide up to $850 million over the next 5 years to states, tribes, counties, municipalities, and non-profit organizations through brownfields assessment, cleanup revolving loan fund, job training, and state/tribal grants
  • Commitments by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Department of Labor to offer funding priority to brownfields communities through their respective grant mechanisms
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) commitment to lead an interagency "Portfields" project that will focus on the redevelopment and reuse of idled or abandoned lands in and around ports, harbors, and marine transportation hubs
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) commitment to announce eight new pilots under its "Urban Rivers Initiative" to address restoration in and around urban rivers
  • A new, concerted effort to share program information with interest groups, by methods such as linking web sites
  • Changing federal agency laws and policies to facilitate brownfields redevelopment
  • Making funding and technical assistance to brownfields communities a budget priority at all federal agencies

Decisions about assessment and cleanup of brownfields and other revitalization sites are influenced by a number of stakeholders including: local officials, city engineers, attorneys, site owners, site operators, regulators, insurance industry representatives, financial industry representatives, community representatives, consultants, and technology service providers. Often, the decision makers at these sites focus on economic redevelopment - by bringing contaminated properties back into productive use, helping to increase the number of jobs, enhancing the local tax base, and improving the quality of life in the community. Innovative site assessment and cleanup technologies and strategies can help decision makers achieve these goals more efficiently.

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