Brownfield Program is designed to empower states, tribes and their communities
and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely
manner to prevent, assess, safely cleanup and sustainable reuse Brownfield's.
A Brownfield is a property the expansion redevelopment or reuse of which may
be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance,
pollutant or contaminate. EPA's Brownfield's Program provides financial and
technical assistance for Brownfield's activities through an approach based on
four main goals:
Protecting the Environment
the Brownfield's to ensure the health and well being of America's people and
collaboration and communication essential to facilitate Brownfield's
cleanup and reuse.
Strengthening the Marketplace
financial and technical assistance to bolster the private market.
Brownfield's to enhance a community's long-term quality of life.
communities have properties that are abandoned, under-used or have fallen into
conditions of blight. When considering Brownfields, too often only industrial
"war zones" or inner city neighborhoods in the big cities.
Brownfields are everywhere, in both urban and rural areas. They come in all
sizes. The Brownfield property can be the former lumberyard; the corner feed
mill abandoned in the 1950s or the vacant City lot where the old factory
burned down or a maw and paw business when "Dad was a Kid".
properties suffer from the perception of environmental problems. Most have
excellent business locations, existing infrastructure and access to
transportation. Due to fear of the "unknown" these buyers, lenders
and developers pass over these properties for less "risky" property
transactions. Merely the fear of environmental contamination and regulatory
intervention has been enough to hinder or stop redevelopment of these vital
the Public Involved
cannot be done without you
opinion and involvement is vital to the success of the Brownfield's
restoration. The EPA Brownfield's Program must reach members of the community.
Brownfield's studies identify environmental issues, the solution is always a
balance between cost and community benefit. The type of environmental
restoration affects the type and amount of cleanup needed, if any. For
example, properties restored to business use often require fewer cleanups than
for private commercial or home construction. You can help the Cheyenne River
Sioux Tribe determine the needs of our community as part of these decisions.
seeking environmental solutions the Brownfield's Program incorporates your
ideas in seeking the proper balance between protecting human health and the
environment and an overall redevelopment strategy to create jobs, generate
revenues for the tribe and attract new businesses.
can you help?
Environmental Protection Department and the Brownfield's Tribal Response
Program ask that you get involved. Be part of balanced solutions by your
written or e-mail comments, attending public meetings or participating in
Browns fields Public Field Day. You will understand the process and help shape
the progress of our community's redevelopment efforts.
questions and comments please contact:
Lou Mendoza, Brownfields Coordinator
(605) 964-6558 or 6559