United States
                   Protection Agency
                   Washington, D.C. 20460
                           Solid Waste
                           and Emergency
                           Response (5101)
    EPA 500-F-98-227
    July 1998
Demonstration  Pilot
                                       Evanston, WY
  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.

EPA has selected the City of Evanston for  a
Brownfields Pilot. The City was originally a railroad
hub, and in 1912-1913 the Union Pacific  Railroad
built a large yard with a  63,000-square-foot
roundhouse and 11 adjacent buildings. Since 1972,
Union Pacific has donated more than 290 acres to the
City, including a 265-acre parcel known as Union
Center and the Evanston Rail Facility, which is listed
on the National Register of Historic Place s. Although
some environmental investigation has been initiated
at the Union Center property, more testing is needed
to determine the extent of contamination and potential
reuse options; otherwise,  the fear of widespread
contamination will continue to hinder redevelopment
issues.  Like many small towns,  however, the City
(population  12,458) does  not have the resources,
expertise, and experience to address its brownfields


Evanston plans  to redevelop the Union Center
property into a museum and industrial business park.
The City hopes that cleanup and redevelopment of
this property will restore a higher-paying job base to
the area and reconnect sections of the City that have
been fragmented by the rail operations. The Pilot
                             PILOT SNAPSHOT
                              Evanston, Wyoming
Date of Announcement:
July 1998

Amount: $175,000

Profile: The Pilot targets
the 265-acre Union Center
and the Evanston Rail
Facility for assessment
and planning for cleanup
and redevelopment into a
museum and industrial

                           Evanston Urban
                           Renewal Agency
                           (307) 789-9690
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA-Region 8
                                Visit the EPA Region 8 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:

will assist the City's efforts by conducting a Phase I
environmental assessment on the property. Based on
the findings, Phase II site investigations will be
conducted to quantify and delineate environmental
risks from surface and subsurface soils, groundwater,
and structures.  The Pilot will develop community
outreach and educational materials, and prepare an
environmental cleanup and redevelopment plan. The
City will  contribute  overall  management and
coordination of the community involvement plan.


Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Conducting Phase I and Phase II environmental
  site assessments;

 Conducting screening and risk assessments;

 Conducting site-specific outreach efforts;

 Preparing cleanup and redevelopment plans; and

 Identifying alternative funding sources and
  leveraging existing resources throughout the Pilot

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                                             Evanston, Wyoming
 July 1998                                                                       EPA 500-F-98-227