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                         Brownfields Federal
                         Partnership Action Agenda
                         November 2002
THE BROWNFIELDS FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP
ACTION AGENDA

On January 11, 2002 President Bush signed the Small
Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization
Act into law (Public Law 107-118). The President and the
U.S. Congress recognized in this new law the importance of
federal partnerships in  achieving the mutual goals of
environmental protection and economic revitalization. The
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its
partnering agencies under the Bush Administration confirm
their commitment to work together by developing the
Brownfields Federal Partnership Action Agenda.  The
Brownfields Federal  Partnership  Action Agenda
represents  the focused  efforts of over twenty federal
agencies, making over one hundred commitments to work
together in a timely manner to help communities more
effectively prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably
reuse brownfields. Highlights of these commitments include:

 EPA's commitment to provide potentially $850 million
  over the next  five years to states, tribes, counties,
  municipalities,  and non-profit organizations through
  brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loanfundjob
  training, and state/tribal grants;

 Commitments  by the U.S. Economic  Development
  Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
  Development, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S.
  Department of Justice, and U.S. Department of Labor to
  offer funding priority to brownfields communities through
  their respective grant mechanisms;

 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration' s
  commitment to lead an interagency "Portfields" project
  that will focus on the redevelopment and reuse of
  brownfields in and around ports, harbors,  and marine
  transportation hubs; and

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' commitment to
  announce eight new  pilots under its "Urban Rivers
  Initiative" to address restoration in and around urban
  rivers.

Communities with brownfields often face economic and
social concerns, such as unemployment, substandardhousing,
outdated or faulty public infrastructure, crime, and a poorly
skilled local workforce. Although federal and state programs
may be in place to  address these issues, too often the
programs operate in isolation. The collaboration of diverse
expertise and experience of each agency in theBrownfields
                                                                PARTICIPATING
                                                             FEDERALPARTNERS:
                                                 * Agency for Toxic Substances
                                                   and Disease Registry
                                                 * Appalachian Regional
                                                   Commission
                                                 * Bureau of Land Management
                                                 * U.S. Economic Development
                                                   Administration
                                                 * Federal Deposit Insurance
                                                   Corporation
                                                 * Federal Housing Finance
                                                   Board
                                                 * National Institute of
                                                   Environmental Health
                                                   Sciences
                                                 * National Oceanic and
                                                   Atmospheric
                                                   Administration
                                                 * National Park Service
                                                 * U.S. Army Corps of
                                                   Engineers
U.S. Departmentof
Agriculture
U.S. Departmentof Defense
U.S. Departmentof Energy
U.S. Departmentof Housing
and Urban Development
U.S. Departmentof the
Interior, Office of Surface
Mining
U.S. Departmentof Justice
U.S. Departmentof Labor
U.S. Departmentof
Transportation
U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency
U.S. General Services
Administration
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Small Business
Administration
                                                      Toobtainacopy of the full list of commitments in the
                                                       Brownfields FederalPartnership Action Agenda,
                                                             gotowww.epa.gov/brownfields

                                                      For further information on this/lcfon/lgenafaortrie
                                                       Brownfields Federal Partnership, please contact
                                                         Tony Raia at (202) 566-2758 or via email at
                                                               raia.anthony@epa.gov

                                                Federal Partnership Action Agenda  will help make all
                                                relevant federal programs work more productively for the
                                                people andcommunitiesaffectedby the presence of brownfields.

                                                BACKGROUND

                                                EPA's Brownfields Program is designed to empower states,
                                                communities, and other stakeholders to work together in a timely
                                                mannerto prevent, assess, safely cleanup, and sustainably reuse
                                                brownfields.

                                                EPA established an Interagency Working Group on Brownfields
                                                in July 1996 that included more than twenty federal departments
                                                and agencies. The Working Group began drafting a national
                                                plan that would guide future work on brownfields. The result
                                                of this effort was the first Brownfields Action Agenda that
                                                was announced in 1997.
                                                         Solid  Waste
                                                         and  Emergency
                                                         Response
                                                         (5105T)
                                                                         EPA 500-F-02-151
                                                                         November 2002
                                                                         www.epa.gov/brownfields/

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