EPA and Brownfield Grants – Is this an opportunity for your community?
The EPA just awarded nearly $400,000 in grant funding for Idaho tribal communities. Below is a summary from the EPA on Idaho projects that were funded. Many communities do not apply for these types of grants due to limited knowledge of the grant requirements and the inevitable lack of staff time. Obviously, not everyone will be successful in the application process but these types of grants can have a real impact on the quality of life for community members and should be considered as an alternative source of funding projects.
The Idaho applicants selected to receive 2014 Brownfields general program funds are:
Coeur d'Alene Tribal Housing Authority, ID - $200,000 Cleanup of Six residential properties
Project Contact: Mr. Tim Negri (firstname.lastname@example.org), /208-686-1927/
Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up six residential properties on the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Reservation. Contamination resulted from the production or use of methamphetamine within the six units.
Nez Perce Tribe, ID - $199,978 Assessment Site-Specific of Tribal Unit-45
Project Contact: Ms. Judy Goodson (email@example.com), 208-843-7368
Site-specific hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct a Phase II environmental site assessment, which will include soil vapor sample screening and groundwater monitoring well sampling, at Tribal Unit-45, a 38.9-acre site on the northern boundary of the Nez Perce Reservation in Orofino. The area was previously used as a saw mill operation, creosote wood treatment facility, and asphalt batch plant. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community outreach activities.
These grants will help both Tribal governments clean and redevelop abandoned, contaminated properties known as Brownfields. Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
In 2002, the definition of a Brownfield was expanded to include mine-scarred lands or sites contaminated by petroleum or the manufacture of illegal drugs. Grant recipients are selected through a national competition.