EPA Region 6 (South Central) Brownfields
Since the Brownfields Program inception in 1996, Region 6 grantees have been awarded over $73 million in Brownfields competitive grants. Region 6 is proud to report that over 1400 sites have been assessed, 18,000 jobs created and $3.5 billion leveraged in redevelopment. Data on EPA grant-funded brownfields sites is available at Cleanups in My Community.
- Stories from Around the Region
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Formerly a motel with a classic tourist motor court on Route 66, Luna Lodge is now providing low income housing. This rehabilitation project resulted in 30 apartments and achieved LEED Platinum certification for its energy efficiency. The New Mexico Environment Department provided a sub-grant from its EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund to address asbestos cleanup as part of the renovation.
The Bastrop Fine Arts Guild needed assistance with its plans to turn the former Powell Cotton Seed Mill site into the Lost Pines Art Complex. The Region 6 Targeted Brownfiields Assessment Program provided a Phase II ESA which identified contaminants requiring remediation and a Phase II Supplement ESA which allowed the Texas Committee on Environmental Quality to issue a Certificate of Completion for the cleanup. The Guild has begun redevelopment which will include 4,000 square feet of gallery space, artist studios, classrooms and specialty shops. The site will also feature an outdoor sculpture garden, Xeriscape landscaping with a rainwater collection system, outdoor water feature, and patio.
- Highlights & Publications
EPA is announcing the availability of funding to eligible entities who wish to develop an area-wide plan for Brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. This funding is for community engagement, planning, inventory of brownfields properties, technical assistance, and/or training activities directed to revitalization of a specific area (such as a neighborhood, district, local commercial corridor, community waterfront or city block). For more information, visit the Brownfields and Land Revitalization Apply for Funding page.
Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) is a free service the EPA Region 6 Brownfields Team provides to communities to support their eligible brownfields projects. Region 6 consists of Arkansas, Louisiana, new Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The services include brownfields inventories, area-wide planning, site environmental assessments and investigations, and site cleanup planning. Learn more about Targeted Brownfields Assessments in Region 6.
Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) is an EPA-funded program assisting communities in their understanding and involvement in Brownfields cleanup and revitalization, especially underserved, rural, small, and otherwise distressed communities.Kansas State University's TAB Program (PDF) (1 pp, 352 K, About PDF) provides this free assistance to Region 6. Visit the KSU TAB website Exit to find webinars and workshops.