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DEC Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Services
Photo of the Keku Cannery in Kake, Alaska. Both DEC and EPA provided site assessments, through their DBAC and Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) services, respectively. In addition, DEC has performed a hazardous building materials abatement at the site.
DEC Brownfield and Assessment and Cleanup (DBAC) services are intended to help reduce the environmental uncertainties or conditions that hinder the reuse and/or redevelopment of an eligible property. DBAC objectives are to determine whether an environmental problem is limiting a site’s use or intended reuse or redevelopment, help identify the nature and extent of contamination, provide recommendations, estimate costs for possible additional assessment, and to conduct cleanup activities designed to enable reuse of a site.
DBAC services can include providing soil and groundwater assessments (Phase I and II), hazardous building materials (HBM) surveys, asbestos abatement and disposal, cleanup services, landfill permit assistance, among others. Generally, the application period for DBAC services runs from November through February. In addition to providing DBACs, the DEC Brownfields Program also can provide direct, informal technical assistance to Alaskan communities and tribes, such as providing community outreach and training, researching site history and cleanup status, and facilitating collaboration with other state and federal agencies in an effort to leverage additional resources.
EPA Grants and Technical Assistance
U.S. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, and tribes to encourage the assessment, cleanup, and reuse of contaminated or potentially contaminated sites, as well as develops resources to encourage investment in brownfield properties to spur redevelopment.
- EPA Competitive Grants
- EPA Targeted Brownfield Assessments (TBA)
- EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program
EPA Competitive Grants
- Assessment Grants provide funding for developing brownfield inventories, characterizing sites and identifying past uses, assessing sites to determine existing contamination, conducting cleanup and redevelopment planning, and involving the local community in the planning process/decision-making. Assessment grants can be either site-specific or community-wide.
- Cleanup Grants provide direct funding for cleanup activities and can be used to address petroleum, hazardous substances, pollutants, or co-mingled (hazardous substances and petroleum) contaminants.
- Multi-Purpose Grants provides funding to carry out a range of assessment and cleanup activities, including the development of brownfields inventory and site prioritization, community engagement, site assessments, cleanup activities, and site revitalization planning.
- In addition to the assessment, cleanup, and multipurpose grants, EPA also provides Revolving Loan Fund Job Training grants.
EPA Targeted Brownfield Assessments (TBA)
EPA characterized the Trespass Shooting Range at Delta Junction under its Targeted Brownfields Assessment Program. Additionally, DEC excavated metals-contaminated soil, treated on-site, and arranged for its off-site disposal.
To supplement its competitive grant programs, EPA also offers targeted brownfields assessments (TBA) to local governments and tribes. Through this program, an environmental consultant contractor, through EPA, conducts site assessments, outlines cleanup options, provides cost estimates, and identifies ways of effective community outreach and engagement. These services may include a background and historical investigation and inspection of the site, a full site assessment including sampling activities to identify contaminants and areas of contaminations, and the determination of how much more investigation is needed based on cost estimates and redevelopment plans. The DEC Brownfields Program can assist in requesting TBA services from EPA.
EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program
- Alaska’s TAB provider is the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR)
- The National Tribal TAB provider is Kansas State University (KSU)