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EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states.
communities, and other stakeholders to work together to
prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse
brownfields. A brownfield site is real property, the
expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be
complicated by the presence or potential presence of a
hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. On
January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed
into law the Small Business Liability Relief and
Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the Brownfields
Law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible
applicants through four competitive grant programs:
assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup
grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding
support is provided to state and tribal response
programs through a separate mechanism.

Community Description

The Peanut Mine, Inc. was selected to receive a
brownfields cleanup grant. Located a mile from the
Town of Crested Butte (population 1,529), the target
site is one of many abandoned hard rock and coal mines
that sustained the local economy until the mid 1970s.
Wages have grown only four percent in the past ten
years. Following cleanup, land-use plans call for the
creation of a trail, recreational activities, wildlife
habitat, and grazing land. The project is expected to
help diversify  and stimulate the economy by
contributing to nordic skiing opportunities in the area.
Cleanup also will help prevent contamination of the
Slate River, which provides water for the town and
other downstream users. Town meetings and
collaboration with community-based organizations will
continue to involve residents in the cleanup and reuse
                   Cleanup Grant

                   $200,000 for hazardous substances

                   EPA has selected Peanut Mine, Inc. for a
                   brownfields cleanup grant. The cleanup grant will
                   target the Peanut Mine and Mill site, a former coal
                   mine and milling operation that excavated coal and
                   extracted silver and other commodities brought from
                   other mining sites. Coal and mill tailings containing
                   co-mingled heavy metals and petroleum are on the
                   site, which have been draining into Peanut Lake.


                   For further information, including specific grant
                   contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
                   news and events, and publications and links, visit
                   the EPA Brownfields Web site

                   EPA Region 8 Brownfields Team
                   EPA Region 8 Brownfields Web site

                   Grant Recipient: Peanut Mine, Crested Butte, CO
                   (970) 349-5338

                   The information presented in this fact sheet comes
                   from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the
                   accuracy of this information. The cooperative
                   agreement for the grant has not yet been negotiated.
                   Therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are
                   subject to change.
  United States
  Protection Agency
  Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
        Jun 03