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Brownfields 1999 Job Training Pilot Fact Sheet
Mineral Area College, MO
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 Mineral Area College (MAC) in
Missouri for a Brownfields Job Training and
Development Demonstration Pilot. MAC's assessment
pilot partner is Bonne Terre, Missouri. The Job Training
Pilot will focus on the Old Lead Belt counties of
Madison and St. Francois (population 25,000), located
60 miles south of St. Louis. The two Ozark counties are
characterized by small, aging, rural communities that are
economically distressed as the result of the demise of the
lead mining industry in the area. Poverty and
unemployment rates in these communities are
significantly higher than state-wide and national
averages.
The counties contain more than 400 acres of exposed
mine tailings and hundreds of acres of brownfields
created by their close proximity to tailings and the
abandonment of mining-related facilities. The six
municipalities participating in this Pilot are working to
improve transportation arteries and redevelop hundreds
of acres of brownfields. Two major national
environmental cleanup firms recently opened satellite
offices in the area. The increased brownfields
redevelopment activities and economic distress of Old
Lead Belt residents indicate a need for environmental
training.
Pilot Snapshot
Date of Announcement: 05/01/1999
Amount: $200,000
Profile: The Pilot will train 50 participants in a mine
waste site assessment and cleanup program with an
emphasis on innovative technologies. Students will
be recruited from low-income residents of the Old
Lead Belt, which has been economically depressed
since the demise of the mining industry in the area
during the 1970s.
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 7 Brownfields Team
(800)223-0425
EPA Region 7 Brownfields Web site
(http://www.epa.gov/region7/cleanup/brown fields)
Grant Recipient: Mineral Area College, MO
(573) 518-2153
Objectives
MAC plans to train 50 participants, achieve a 65 percent
placement rate, and support career placement of
graduates for at least two years after the Pilot is
completed. Participants will be recruited from
low-income residents of the Old Lead Belt
municipalities. The Pilot training program will consist
of a 30 credit-hour mine waste site assessment and
cleanup program that emphasizes innovative
technologies, leading to a Brownfields Worker
Certification.
MAC's training efforts will be supported by
organizations such as the Bonne Terre Brownfields
Committee, East Missouri Action Agency, Unitec
Career Center, six municipalities in the Old Lead Belt,
and the Park Hills Chamber of Commerce. Graduates
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
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can apply their training toward an Associate's Degree,
and internships with local environmental companies are
available.
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
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