&EPA
                   United States
                   Environmental
                   Protection Agency
                   Washington, D.C.  20460
                           Solid Waste
                           and Emergency
                           Response (5101)
      EPA 500-F-98-216
      July 1998
                                Assessment
Demonstration  Pilot
                      Bernalillo County,  NM
  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 Bernalillo County foraBrownfields
Pilot. Bernalillo County isbisectedbythe Rio Grande
and bordered by the Sandia Mountains. The County's
population is 518,031, of which 44.4% are minorities
and 24% live below the poverty level. Due to a long
history of industrial and commercial activity, the area
contains hundreds of vacant or abandoned sites with
known or perceived contamination. These brownfields
are located in  a region of shallow groundwater
connectedto adeeper sole-source aquiferthatprovides
drinking water for Albuquerque and most of the
County.

The Pilot has targeted two areas: the South Valley of
Bernalillo County, adjacentto the Rio Grande, and the
North Valley, an area  adjacent to downtown
Albuquerque  that includes Albuquerque's historic
transportation and commercial corridor.

OBJECTIVES

The County will develop an inventory of sites, develop
a methodology to promote redevelopment, and begin
characterization of the highest-priority sites.  The
County plans to link the Pilot with the many other
innovative environmental programs being implemented
by the County.
                             PILOT SNAPSHOT
                               Bernalillo County,
                                 New Mexico
                                              Date of Announcement:
                                              July 1998

                                              Amount: $200,000

                                              Profile: The Pilot targets the
                                              North and South Valleys of
                                              Bernalillo County, near
                                              downtown Albuquerque, for
                                              assessment, cleanup, and
                                              redevelopment.
                           Contacts:

                           Environmental Health
                           Department
                           Bernalillo County
                           (505) 924-3650
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA-Region 6
(214)665-6736
                                Visit the EPA Region 6 Brownfields web site at:
                          http://www.epa.gov/earth1r6/6sf/bfpages/sfbfhome.htm

                              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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ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Creating a Brownfields Advisory Committee to
 involve local government, businesses,  and
 surroundingneighborhoodsintheplanningprocess.
 The Committee  will  develop  guidelines for
 characterization,  risk assessment, and cleanup
 levels;

 Creating an inventory system to identify brownfields
 sites. The community will be involved in developing
 aranking system methodology and selecting priority
 sites;

 Characterizing existing contamination at priority
 sites  through Phase I and II  environmental
 assessments; and

 Developing   site-specific   cleanup    and
 redevelopment plans.

The cooperative agreementforthisPilothasnotyetbeen
negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact
sheet are subject to change.
  Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot                                    Bernalillo County, New Mexico
  July 1998                                                                       EPA 500-F-98-216

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