Brownfields  2003

 Grant Fact  Sheet

Columbia  River Estuary Study

     Taskforce,  OR and WA

EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, commu-
nities, and other stakeholders in economic development
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 Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce
(CREST) was selected to receive  a brownfields
revolving loan fund grant. CREST is a bi-state council
of local governments with a focus on natural resource
planning issues affecting the Columbia River Estuary.
The counties of Clatsop, Pacific, and Wahkiakum (total
population 60,000) are comprised  of rural coastal
communities with a combined total of 332 brownfield
sites. Communities in this area all have a history of
natural resource-based economies dependent on wood-
product processing, commercial fishing, and fuels for
land and marine transportation. These activities have
left a legacy of petroleum contamination, underused
properties, and economic distress. Many of the sites
are along shorelines, jeopardizing  residents who rely on
                      Revolving Loan Fund
                      $1,000,000 for petroleum

                      EPA has selected the Columbia River Estuary
                      Study Taskforce (CREST) for a brownfields
                      revolving loan fund grant. The grant will be used
                      to capitalize a revolving loan fund from which the
                      Taskforce will provide loans and subgrants to
                      conduct cleanup activities at petroleum-contami-
                      nated sites within Clatsop County, Oregon, and
                      Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties, Washington.
                      Potential target sites include wood processing
                      and marine-related industries, as well as proper-
                      ties involved in the manufacture and distribution
                      of controlled substances.
                      For further information, including specific grant
                      contacts, additional grant information,
                      brownfields news and events, and publications
                      and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:

                      EPA Region 10 Brownfields Team
                      www.epa.gov/rlOearth, click on "Superfund",
                      scroll down and click on "Brownfields"

                      Grant Recipient: Columbia River Estuary Study
                      Taskforce, OR and WA

                      Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the
                      Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce has not received
                      brownfields grant funding.

                      The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                      negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
                      are subject to change.
                    fishing for their diets. Cleanup of the port properties,
                    which have high real estate values, is expected to
                    benefit the local economy and promote healthy recre-
                    ational areas for the community.
                      Solid Waste and
                      Emergency Response
                                                                        EPA 500-F-03-072
                                                                        June 2003