&EPA
                   United States
                   Environmental
                   Protection Agency
                   Washington, D.C.  20460
                           Solid Waste
                           and Emergency
                           Response (5101)
      EPA 500-F-98-234
      July 1998
                                Assessment
Demonstration  Pilot
                    Hoopa  Valley Tribe,  CA
  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.  Since 1995, EPA has funded more than 200 Brownfields Assessment
Demonstration Pilots, at up to $200,000 each, to support creative two-year explorations and demonstrations of
brownfields solutions. The Pilots 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  Hoopa Valley Tribe for a
Brownfields Pilot.  The Hoopa Valley  Indian
Reservation (HVIR), California's largest  Indian
Reservation, has apopulation of 3,431. The reservation
is located in the northeastern portion of Humboldt
County.   The HVIR has very high incidences of
unemployment (29.6%) and poverty (40.7%) rates.
The nearest job market is located approximately 65
miles  east in  Eureka,  so access to employment
opportunities is a major concern.

The 1980  closure of an 83-acre lumber mill that had
been operating since  1957 has left the area idle and
has also affected surrounding properties. Although
some environmental  testing and cleanup has been
conducted at the site,  the perception of residual
contamination has hindered site development and has
caused public health concerns for nearby residents.
The site  is an important element of the Tribe's
comprehensive development plan because it mixes
much  needed  affordable housing with industrial
development and job creation.
                             PILOT SNAPSHOT
                               Hoopa Valley Tribe,
                                  California
                                                Date of Announcement:
                                                July 1998

                                                Amount: $200,000

                                                Profile: The Pilot targets
                                                an 83-acre former lumber
                                                mill site on the Hoopa
                                                Valley Indian Reservation
                                                for a mixed-use industrial
                                                park.
                           Contacts:

                           Tribal Environmental
                           Protection Agency
                           Hoopa Valley Tribe
                           (916)625-5515
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA-Region 9
(415)744-2237
                                Visit the EPA Region 9 Brownfields web site at:
                             http://www.epa.gov/region09/waste/brown/index.html

                              Forfurtherinformation, 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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OBJECTIVES

In conjunction with Tribal-wide comprehensive
planning and overall economic development plans, the
Pilot will  facilitate environmental  cleanup and
redevelopment of the former lumbermill into amixed-
use industrial park. To help achieve this objective, the
Pilot will focus on environmental activities preliminary
to cleanup and redevelopment. In addition to the Pilot,
the Tribe is working with other Federal partners to
ensure that the project is a success.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Conducting environmental site  assessments, site
  identification, and site characterization of the target
  site;

 Conducting community outreach and public education
  activities;

 Developing effective and affordable cleanup and
  redevelopment plans; and

 Leveraging of funding from the public and private
  sectors.

The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet been
negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
are subject to change.
  BrownfieldsAssessment Demonstration Pilot                                      Hoopa Valley Tribe, California
  July 1998                                                                        EPA 500-F-98-234

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