Program Overview


EPA defines a Brownfields site as "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" (CERCLA 1980, as amended, (39)).

Examples of Brownfields sites

- Former Gas Stations                    - Former Dry Cleaners
- Factories, Warehouses               - Parking Lots
- Hangers                                       - Abandoned Railroads
- Air Strips                                       - Bus Facilities
- Landfills                                        - Meth Houses
- Mine Scarred Lands                   - Sewer Lagoons
- Sheep Dip Vats                           - Dump Sites
-Lots where heavy machinery & petroleum products were stored, used or repaired

Goals and Elements of the 128(a) Tribal Response Program

Goal 4: Healthy Communities & Ecosystem

Objective 4.2 Communities- Sustain, clean up & restore Communities & the ecological systems that support them

Sub-objective 4.2.3- Assess, clean up & redevelop Brownfields

Elements of the Response Program

  • Timely survey and inventory of Brownfields sites;
  • Mechanisms and resources to provide meaningful opportunities for public participation;
  • Mechanisms for approval of a cleanup plan, verification and certification that cleanup is complete;
  • Maintain and make available to the public a record of sites addressed and proposed to be addressed by the cleanup program.
  • The ENIPC Inc. OETA will enhance and implement the Brownfields 128(a) program to:
  • Provide outreach to increasing awareness of Brownfields to communities
  • Provide training to staff and tribal enviromental professionals about the US EPA state and Tribal Response Program and its elements and;
  • Continue with established survey and inventory, and the public record and;
  • Develop capacity to conduct site investigations and phase I and II assessments of Brownfields sites

Benefits of Brownfields Projects

- Creation of new jobs                                        - Revitalization of blighted areas
- Cleaner communities                                       - Reduction of urban sprawl
- Healthy neighborhoods                                   - Healthy environment
- Historic preservation                                         - Ecological restoration
- Improve quality of life                                      - Economic development
                                                            - Job training opportunities                               - Expand local tax base
                                                            - Development of "greenfields" sites                - Environmental benefits & open space  
                                                            - Deconstruction & recycling opportunities    - And many more....

EPA Grants

Brownfields Assessments Grants- Provide funding for brownfields inventories, planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach

1. Community Wide Grant ($200K)
An applicant may apply for a community-wide assessment grant if a specific site had not been identified or if the assessment will address more than one site within the community.

2. Site-Specific Grant ($350K)
A site-specific assessment grant must be applied for if the assessment is limited to one and only one, site.

Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants ($1M)
Provide funding to capitalize loans that are used to clean up brownfields

Brownfields Job Training Grants
Provide environmental training for residents of brownfields communities: including Green remediation techniques~Recycling center operator training~ Spill response & cleanup~ 1st responder, first aid, & emergency response ~ Commercial driver's license (CDL), heavy machinery & forklift operator ~ HAZMAT~ Weatherization & energy auditing ~ Landscaping, native plant revegetation & ecological restoration ~ Site preparation for solar & renewable energy ~ Underground storage tank removal.

Brownfields Cleanup Grants (up to $200K/site)
Provide direct funding for cleanup activities at certain properties with planned greenspace, recreational, or other nonprofit uses.


2017 National Brownfields Conference
​December 5 - 7, 2017
David L. Lawrence Conference Center
​Pittsburgh, PA

Outreach Materials

Brownfields Internet Resources

Brownfields Resources