Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact  Sheet

   Oregon Department of

   Environmental Quality

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. Addi-
tionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal
response programs through a separate mechanism.

Community Description

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality was
selected to  receive an assessment grant. The state has
targeted rural, economically distressed areas of the
state. Most of the communities  in which site assess-
ments will be conducted have populations under
30,000. These distressed areas have unemployment
rates that reach up to 14 percent in some targeted
communities. Over the last three years, the  state has
informally inventoried rural brownfields sites and has
used that information to reach out to impacted commu-
nities. The assessment and ultimate reuse of industrial
facilities and service stations targeted with this grant
will reduce blight, stimulate capital investment, and
improve the j ob and tax base of small communitie s.
                                  Assessment Grant
                                  $200,000 for hazardous substances
                                  $200,000 for petroleum

                                  EPA has selected the Oregon Department of
                                  Environmental Quality for a brownfields assess-
                                  ment grant. The state will conduct assessments at
                                  four hazardous substances sites and identify
                                  specific health and safety risks associated with
                                  each site. One of these sites, a former gas manu-
                                  facturing plant, has been identified. The others will
                                  be selected using specific criteria. The state also
                                  has identified 11 petroleum sites that will be as-
                                  sessed through this grant. Petroleum grant funds
                                  also will be used to identify specific health and
                                  safety risks associated with each petroleum site.
                                  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
                        , click on "Superfund",
                                  and scroll down and click on "Brownfields"

                                  Grant Recipient: Oregon Department of Environ-
                                  mental Quality

                                  Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the Oregon
                                  Department of Environmental Quality has not received
                                  brownfields grant funding. The Oregon Economic and
                                  Community Development Department has received
                                  brownfields funding for assessment and revolving loan fund

                                  The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                                  negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are
                                  subject to change.
                               The state plans to use local communications vehicles
                               for outreach to residents of the various communities.
                                                  Solid Waste and
                                                  Emergency Response
                                                        June 2003