United States
                       Environmental
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C.  20460
 Solid Waste
 and Emergency
 Response  (5105)
  EPA 500-F-01-289
  April 2001
  www.epa.gov/brownfields/
  &EPA       EPA  Brownfields
                      Assessment
                      Demonstration  Pilot
                     Two  Rivers-Ottauquechee  Regional Commission, VT
 Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5105)
                   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, and safely clean up
brownfields to promote their sustainable reuse.  Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial  and
commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental
contamination. EPA is funding: assessment demonstration pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two years,
with additional funding provided for greenspace) to test assessment models and facilitate coordinated assessment
and cleanup efforts at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels; and job training pilot programs (each funded up to
$200,000 over two years) to provide training for residents of communities affected by brownfields to facilitate cleanup
of brownfields sites and prepare trainees for future employment in the environmental field; and, cleanup revolving loan
fund program (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years) to provide financial assistance for the environmental
cleanup of brownfields.  These pilot programs 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 the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee
RegionalCommissionforaBrownfields Assessment
Pilot. Situated in the center of Vermont's eastern
side, the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Region consists
of 27 small towns whose population totals 36,054.
Poverty rates in several of the towns are considerably
higher than the state average. In recent years, the
region's employment base has shifted toward lower
paying service sector jobs as a result of a decline in
agriculturalproductionandmanufacturing.

Despite its large size, the region has limited space for
commercial and industrial redevelopment due to
infrastructure constraints. The presence of numerous
brownfield properties within the region has had a
negative impact on the region's tourism industry,
which is a large part of the region's economy. The
redevelopment of the 84 identified brownfields
presents an opportunity to help reverse the region's
downward trends by revitalizing communities and
creating needed economic opportunities.
PILOT SNAPSHOT
Date of Announcement:
April 2001

Amount: $200,000

Profile: The Pilot targets upto eight
brownfield sites that will be selected
and prioritized with  help from
communitymembers.
Two Rivers-Ottauquechee
Regional Commission, VT
Contacts:

Two Rivers-Ottauquechee
Regional Commission
(802)457-3188
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA - Region 1
(617)918-1424
     Visit the E PA Region 1 Brownfields web site at:
     http://www.epa.gov/region01/remed/brnfld/

   Forfurtherinformation,includingspecific 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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OBJECTIVES

The  Two  Rivers-Ottauquechee  Regional
Commission plans to return the region's brownfields
toactivecommercialandindustrialuse.ThePilotwill
develop acomprehensive brownfield site identification
and prioritization process driven by the potential for
public benefit. The Pilot plans several outreach
activities and will involve community members in its
discussions and decision-making activities early in
the project.  Up to eight sites having the highest
economic reuse potential will be selected for Phase
I environmental site assessments. Two targeted sites
will proceed  to Phase II environmental site
assessments, and the one with the highest reuse
potential will undergo a Phase in environmental site
assessment. The Pilot plans to develop cost-effective
solutions, financing strategies, and implementation
measures that create the necessary conditions for
reuse.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Developing an inventory and prioritizing potential
  brownfield sites;

 Involving the  community in brownfields
  redevelopment planning; and

 Conducting Phase I, n, and in environmental site
  assessments.

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                             Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, VT
 April 2001                                                                          EPA500-F-01-289

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