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EPA Brownfields Initiative
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.
Background
EPA has selected the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Indians as a Brownfields Pilot. The Turtle Mountain
Band of Chippewa has a membership of more than
26,000. Approximately 18,000 Tribal members live on or
near the reservation, which is located in north-central
North Dakota. The Turtle Mountain reservation has a
57% unemployment rate.
The Tribe plans to target the abandoned San Haven
facility in Rolette County. The facility is a former State
mental rehabilitation hospital bought by the Tribe in
1992. Asbestos abatement at the facility was paid for by
the State prior to purchase and all physical liabilities
were removed. However, the remaining level of
contamination that exists on the property is unknown.
The Tribe would like to assess the property for other
potential contaminants in the building and the
surrounding area before it begins the planned
rehabilitation. Suspected contaminants include residuals
from a coal burning boiler system. This suspected
contamination is preventing the Tribe from adding the
property to its trust land, and turning the abandoned site
into a tourism office and natural history park. The Tribe
anticipates that redevelopment would serve to stimulate
the local economy and supplant the 200 jobs lost from
the closing of the San Haven facility in 1985.
Pilot Snapshot
Date of Announcement: 07/01/1998
Amount: $200,000
Profile: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, ND
Contacts
For further information, including specific grant
contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
news and events, and publications and links, visit the
EPA Brownfields Web site
(http ://www .epa.gov/brownfields).
EPA Region 8 Brownfields Team
(303) 312-7074
EPA Region 8 Brownfields Web site
(http://www.epa.gov/region8/brownfields)
Grant Recipient: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Indians,ND
(701)477-0478
Objectives
The overall mission of the Tribe is to rehabilitate the
San Haven property, which would stimulate economic
activity and provide employment opportunities for the
surrounding community. The Brownfields Pilot plans to
assess the property and develop a cleanup plan to ensure
that no environmental threat to the reservation
community exists. In addition, the Tribal planning
department will prepare a redevelopment plan and
conduct a host of community outreach activities
throughout the rehabilitation process.
Activities
Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:
	Conducting environmental assessments on the
San Haven site;
	Creating a plan for cleanup; and
	Conducting community outreach activities to
share information regarding assessment, cleanup
planning and redevelopment of the site.
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
EPA 500-F-98-226
Jul 98

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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
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
Solid Waste
EPA 500-F-98-226
Jul 98

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Brownfields 1998 Supplemental Assessment
Pilot Fact Sheet
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, ND
EPA Brownfields Initiative
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.
Background
EPA awarded the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Indians supplemental assistance for its Brownfields
Assessment Demonstration Pilot. The Turtle Mountain
Band of Chippewa has a membership of more than
26,000. Approximately 18,000 Tribal members live on or
near the reservation. The Turtle Mountain Band of
Chippewa, a federally recognized Indian tribe, sponsors
the San Haven Redevelopment Project. San Haven is a
vacant and abandoned hospital for the severely mentally
retarded residents of North Dakota. The state closed the
hospital in 1987, and the surrounding community and
reservation lost more than 200 jobs. The reservation
suffers from a 57 percent unemployment rate.
The San Haven Redevelopment Project was created to
redevelop San Haven into a tourism and economic
development activity to replace some of the employment
lost when the hospital closed. The Tribe acquired the
property in 1992. They received a Brownfields Pilot
project grant in 1998. The Tribe has made significant
progress in the project in the way of planning,
networking, and community involvement. Additional
funding will allow the project to continue with assessing
and planning for redevelopment and new development of
the area.
Pilot Snapshot
Date of Announcement: 07/15/1998
Amount: $150,000
Profile: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, ND.
The Pilot will target the cleanup and redevelopment
of the San Haven property to make the area
environmentally safe and stimulate the local
economy.
Contacts
For further information, including specific grant
contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
news and events, and publications and links, visit the
EPA Brownfields Web site
(http ://www .epa.gov/brownfields).
EPA Region 8 Brownfields Team
(303) 312-7074
EPA Region 8 Brownfields Web site
(http://www.epa.gov/region8/brownfields)
Grant Recipient: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Indians,ND
(701)477-0478
Objectives
The Tribe's goal is to rehabilitate the San Haven
property, which would make the area environmentally
safe for the surrounding community, stimulate
economic activity, and provide employment
opportunities for the surrounding community. This Pilot
will continue the initial assessment work and conduct
more extensive assessments. Most of the supplemental
funding will be directed towards the cleanup and
redevelopment plans.
To accomplish these objectives, the Pilot plans to:
	Complete initial environmental assessment;
	Conduct additional assessments of the area;
	Identify and develop a comprehensive cleanup
and redevelopment plan; and
	Conduct community hearings and meetings to
ensure community involvement in future land use
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
EPA 500-F-00-055
Apr 00

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decisions.
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
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
Solid Waste
EPA 500-F-00-055
Apr 00

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