Brownfields and Land Revitalization in Region 8
Brownfields are 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. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight, and takes development pressures off greenspaces and working lands. The Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program in Region 8 includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 Tribal nations.
Please note, this page contains information specific to EPA Region 8. Please visit EPA's national Brownfields website for grant opportunities and other national information.
- Free Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities
Targeted Brownfields Assessments
EPA provides environmental assessment services free of charge to communities through the Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) program. Services typically include Phase I and II assessments and cleanup planning. To request a TBA, please complete and submit the short application form. Get started with a TBA!
- Stories from Around the Region
The Region 8 Brownfields program has created many benefits for local communities across Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, as highlighted below. The accomplishments are from 2006 - September 2016. Visit EPA Brownfields Program Benefits for national statistics.
- Properties assessed: 1145
- Cleanups completed: 188
- Acres made ready for reuse: 3,285
- Dollars leveraged: $362,040,375
- Jobs leveraged: 3,535
- Highlights & Publications
EPA Region 8 recently completed a success story about our partnership with Denver Urban Gardens. Enjoy!
Western Brownfields Wire
The WBWire is a quarterly newsletter about Brownfields reclamation efforts across the western United States. The WBWire is now distributed through email and PDF versions are no longer posted to our website. Please email Stephanie Shen at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on our email list. Read archived WBWires here.
Brownfields cleanup complete at the former sawmill in Dubois, Wyoming, making way for a rodeo arena, senior housing and recreational trails. The Town of Dubois, population 995, successfully completed cleanup of a 52-acre sawmill that has been vacant since 1980. In 2012, EPA awarded a $200,000 Brownfields grant to the town to address petroleum contaminated soils from the sawmill operations. The work funded by the EPA grant was the final stage of cleanup that began with assessment and cleanup work by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the town. The cleanup allowed the town to redevelop the property with the Warm Valley Lodge Assisted Living Center and the Clarence Allison Memorial Rodeo Arena. The town also completed new recreational trails that provide scenic access to the Wind River.
State Cleanup Programs within Region 8
State & Tribal Response Programs Agreements
Federally Recognized Tribes with 128(a) Brownfields Programs
- Blackfeet Tribe
- Cheyenne River Sioux
- Chippewa Cree Tribe
- Confederated Salish & Kootenai
- Crow Creek Sioux
- E. Shoshone & N. Arapahoe
- Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
- Fort Belknap Indian Community
- Fort Peck Assinibone & Sioux Tribes
- Lower Brule Sioux
- Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation
- Northern Cheyenne Tribe
- Ogalala Sioux
- Rosebud Sioux
- Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe
- Southern Ute
- Spirit Lake Nation
- Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
- Turtle Mountain
- Ute Indian Tribe
- Ute Mountain Ute
- Yankton Sioux