United States
                       Environmental
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
 Solid Waste
 and Emergency
 Response (5101)
   EPA 500-F-00-179
   May 2000
   www.epa.gov/brownfields/
                       Brownfields  Job Training
                       and  Development
                       Demonstration  Pilot
   Center for Integrated Waste Management, SUNY-Buffalo, NY
 Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5105)
                   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
by brownfields to facilitate cleanup of brownfields sites and prepare trainees for future employment in the environmental
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.
BACKGROUND

EPA has selected the Center for Integrated Waste
Management, State University ofNew York at Buffalo
(SUNY-Buffalo) for a Brownfields Job Training and
Development Demonstration Pilot. The Center for
Integrated Waste Management's assessment pilot
partners are the City of Buffalo, the City of Niagara
Falls, and Niagara County. The City of Niagara Falls
and Niagara County are the recipients of a $ 1 million
Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Pilot. The
Job Training Pilot will focus on residents living in
brownfields impacted neighborhoods in Niagara
County. The City of Buffalo suffers from a 26 percent
poverty rate and the City of Niagara Falls suffers
from a23 percentpoverty rate, which are significantly
higher than national averages. Between 1980 and
1997, Niagara County lost 60 percent of its jobs in 40
of its  largest industries  and suffers from an
unemployment rate much higher than the national
average. In 1990, Buffalo was the fifth poorest city in
the country.

Western New  York has  experienced a significant
restructuring of its industrial base, moving away from
steel production, chemical  production, and other
manufacturing industries.  Older  manufacturing
facilities closed their operations  and moved to
PILOT SNAPSHOT
Buffalo, New York
Date of Announcement:
May 2000
Amount: $200,000
Profile: The Pilot will train 40-50
participants as environmentaltechni-
cians. Students will be recruited from
low-income residents, minorities, un-
employed, under-employed and dis-
located workers, and Welfare-to-Work
recipients living in brownfields-im-
pacted neighborhoods in Niagara
County, which is economically dis-
tressed duetodisinvestment in steel
manufacturing, chemical manufactur-
ing, and other heavy industries.
Contacts:
Centerfor Integrated Waste
Management, SUNY-Buffalo
(716)645-3446
  Regional Brownfields Team
  U.S. EPA - Region 2
  (212)637-4314
     Visit the E PA Region 2 Brownfields web site at:
   http://www.epa.gov/r02earth/superfnd/brownfld/
               bfmainpg.htm

   Forfurther information, including specific Pilot contacts,
 additional Pilot information, brownfields news and events, and
 publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:
        http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/

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greenfields in other parts of the country rather than
reinvest in dated urban facilities. The disinvestment in
maj or regional industries caused a decline in population
and left over 700 brownfields in Niagara County. The
environmental industry is growing in Western New
York in  response  to the need  for environmental
assessment and remediation of the many brownfields
in the area. Skilled environmental technicians are in
increasing demand by environmental firms in the
county.

TRAINING OBJECTIVES

The Center for Integrated Waste Management plans
to train 40-50 participants,  achieve a  90 percent
placement rate, and  support career placement of
graduates for one year after the training is completed.
Participants will  be recruited  from low-income
residents, minorities,  unemployed, under-employed
and  dislocated workers, and  Welfare-to-Work
recipients living  in  neighborhoods impacted by
brownfields. The Pilottraining program will consist of
general introductions on the  effects of brownfields
and technical training in HAZWOPER, asbestos and
lead  abatement, preliminary site assessment  and
sampling procedures, remedial technology selection,
and  technology information resources, including
training in  the use of innovative assessment  and
cleanup technologies. Classroom training will be
supplemented by hands-on training and field
experiences in numerous topic areas.

The Center for Waste  Management'straining efforts
will  be supported by organizations such  as the
University of Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center,
Niagara County Employment  and  Training
Department, Niagara County Community College,
Ecology and Environment, Inc., SJB Services, Inc.,
and  Hazardous Materials Research Center.  The
Center for  Integrated  Waste  Management  has
completed a preliminary survey of employer needs. In
addition, employers have committed to considering
graduates of the Pilot program for employment.
ACTIVITIES

Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Conducting outreach to recruit low-income residents,
 minorities,  unemployed, under-employed and
 dislocated workers, and Welfare-to-Work recipients
 living in Niagara County neighborhoods impacted
 by brownfields;

 Conducting brownfieldstechniciantraining,including
 courses in the use of innovative assessment and
 cleanup technologies; and

 Supporting career placement of students for one
 year after the job training is completed.
The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet been negotiated;
therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.
 BrownfieldsJob Training and Development Demonstration Pilot
 May2000
 Center for Integrated Waste Management, SUNY-Buffalo, New York
                                 EPA500-F-00-179

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