United States
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
 Solid Waste
 and Emergency
 Response (5101)
EPA 500-F-97-029
May 1997
                       National   Brownfields
                       Assessment  Pilot
                                                            Portland,  OR
  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. Between 1995 and 1996, EPA funded 76 National and Regional Brownfields
Assessment Pilots, at up to $200,000 each, to support creative two-year explorations and demonstrations of brownfields
solutions. EPAis funding morethan 27 Pilots in 1997. 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.

EPA selected the City of Portland for a Brownfields
Pilot. As the State's oldest and largest industrial,
shipping, and commercial center, Portland has a high
concentration of abandoned or under-used properties
surrounding the City' s Enterprise Community where
unemployment is 10.4% and the poverty rate is 35%.
The threat of contamination and liability has limited
reuse and redevelopment atthese sites while suburban
sprawl continues. The City estimates that 484 sites
have confirmed contamination and over 600 sites
have suspected contamination.


The Portland Pilot is working to encourage economic
growth and redevelopment at specific sites within the
Enterprise Community and along the waterfront while
protecting the environment, especially the Willamette
River. Redevelopment of the urban waterfront will
promote productive land use, reduce air and water
pollution associated with urban sprawl, and expand
job opportunities in locations accessible to low-
income populations.  To  satisfy these objectives,
environmental site assessments must be conducted
and incentives and disincentives identified and evalu-
ated for redevelopment.
   Portland, Oregon
  Date of Award: March

  Amount: $200,000

  Site Profile: The Pilot
  targets several hundred
  abandoned or underused
  sites with varied levels of
  contamination, located
  within Portland's
  Enterprise Community and
  along the waterfront.

Douglas MacCourt
Office of Transportation
Portland, OR
(503) 823-7052

Lori Cohen
U.S. EPA-Region 10
   Chip Humphrey
   U.S. EPA-Region 10,
   Oregon Operations
   (503) 326-2678
        Visit the EPA Brownfields Website at:


The Pilot has:

* Held a scries of five workshops in Portland's two
 target communities to identify barriers, opportunities,
 and potential solutions to redeveloping brownfields.
 Issues and strategies identified in the workshops are
 being incorporated into "Brownfields Action Plans."
 which include strategies for creating public-private
 partnerships, developing new funding sources, and
 streamlining cleanup; and

• Developed "Brownfields Online,"' a user-friendly
 World Wide Web site.  The site is available on the
 Internet at http://www.brownfield.org.  The site
 provides access to all working documents related to
 the Portland project, including meeting schedules
 and fact sheets, and features links to other Pilot
 cities, EPA and other brownfield homepages.

The Pilot is:

* Co-sponsoring a  series of advanced brownfields
 seminars  to focus on the latest  developments in
 cleaning up contaminated properties and returning
 the properties to productive use. Presentations will
 include financing and  funding,  lender liability,
 cleanup strategics, land use and growth manage-
 ment, and case studies of successful local and na-
 tional projects;

* Crafting neighborhood-specific partnership agree-
 ments for assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment

* Conducting education and information exchange on
 brownfields issues to inform and involve citizens;

* Creating outreach opportunities for schools and
 civic associations to raise awareness and promote

Experience with the Portland Pilot has been a catalyst
for related activities including the following.

• Focusing brownfields efforts and resources on sites
 within the Enterprise Community.
 National Brownfields Assessment Pilot                                                   Portland, Oregon
 May 1997                                                                        EPA 500-F-97-029