United States
                      Protection Agency
                      Washington, D.C. 20460
                        Solid Waste
                        and Emergency
June 1999
Brownfields  Assessment
Demonstration   Pilot
                                   Albuquerque, NM
 Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5101)
                                           Quick Reference Fact Sheet
EPA's Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative is designed to empower states, communities, and other
stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and
sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield is a site, or portion thereof, that has actual or perceived contamination and
an active potential for redevelopment or reuse. EPA is funding: assessment demonstration pilot programs (each funded
up to $200,000 over two years), to assess brownfields sites and to test cleanup and redevelopment models; job training
pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two years), to provide training for residents of communities affected
field; and, cleanup revolving loan fund programs (each funded up to $500,000 over five years) to capitalize loan funds
to make loans for the environmental cleanup of brownfields. These pilot programs are intended to provide EPA, states,
tribes, municipalities, and communities with useful information and strategies as they continue to seek new methods
to promote a unified approach to site assessment, environmental cleanup, and redevelopment.

EPA has selected the City of Albuquerque for a
Brownfields Pilot. Albuquerque, located in the north-
central region of the state, has a metro-area population
of 620,000. The  Pilot project encompasses three
areas designated as Metropolitan  Redevelopment
Areas (MRAs) that have high minority populations,
high poverty rates,  and  have  been economically
impacted by brownfields.

With the coming of railroads in  the late  1800s,
Albuquerque's population increased and industry grew
in close proximity to the railroads.  Environmental
contamination resulting from businesses such as rail
yards, meat packing plants, electrical generating
stations, and wood products companies continues to
adversely impact central-city neighborhoods, where
3,000 acres of brownfields have been identified.
Eleven of these sites are within the  three Pilot-
targeted MRAs: central Albuquerque, the Sawmill/
Wells Park area, and La Mesa/Trumbull.   These
three areas are low-income communities which also
contain industrial areas affected by real or perceived
environmental contamination.
                         Albuquerque, New Mexico
 Date of Announcement:
 June 1999

 Amount: $200,000

 Profile:  The Pilot targets
 brownfields in central
 Albuquerque and the La
 Mesa/Trumbull and Sawmill/
 Wells Park neighborhoods.
                         City of Albuquerque
                         Albuquerque Development
                         (505) 244-6642
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA - Region 6
(214) 665-6736
                              Visit the EPA Region 6 Brownfields web site at:

                            For further information, including specific Pilot contacts,
                          additional Pilot information, brownfields news and events, and
                          publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:


The Pilot project is  a part of the city's overall
redevelopment  initiative, the goal of which is to
encourage redevelopment and sustainable reuse. By
conducting site assessments and facilitating cleanup
and redevelopment of brownfields within the MRAs,
the Pilot will enable the city's redevelopment initiative
to move forward. Pilot plans also include creating a
streamlined  redevelopment  process—a "one-stop-
shop"  for developers;  developing a brownfields
inventory and prioritizing sites;  and involving the
community  and stakeholders in the redevelopment
process using alternative dispute resolution (ADR)


Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

• Creating a brownfields inventory and  prioritizing

• Conducting Phase I and Phase II site assessments
  on brownfields within the MRAs;

• Tracking  brownfields assessment  activities  and
  results in the city's existing geographic information
  system (GIS);

• Establishing a Brownfields Advisory  Consortium
  including members of the community, government,
  and businesses to address redevelopment planning;

• Streamlining the city's redevelopment process by
  creating a "one-stop-shop"; and

• Identifying redevelopment financing options.
The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet been negotiated;
therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.
 Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot                                          Albuquerque, New Mexico
 June 1999                                                                          EPA500-F-99-148