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Brownfields in Oregon

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A generally accepted definition of a brownfield is "a real property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by actual or perceived environmental contamination."

Every Oregon city and county, whether rural or urban, has vacant, underused and potentially contaminated properties. To get lists of sites that DEQ considers brownfields (sites that have received financial or technical assistance), visit the DEQ Environmental Cleanup Site Information query page, and click on "Search complete ECSI database." Then, when the fill-in form appears, click the box at the bottom right labeled "Return only Current or Former Brownfield Sites," enter other limiting parameters as desired, and click "Submit."

Brownfields resources

Many programs assist with brownfields. Listed below are links to federal, state and local programs and funding sources commonly used to assist in brownfield investigation, cleanup, and redevelopment, plus news and links to related web pages.

Federal Brownfield Resources

State of Oregon Brownfield Resources

  • Oregon Health Authority's Brownfields Initiative
    A program designed to involve community members in identifying actions that support healthy living, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, providing education, and understanding the health benefits of brownfield redevelopment.
  • DEQ Prospective Purchaser Agreements
  • DEQ Site-Specific Assessments of Brownfields
  • DEQ "USTfield" Pilot Projects
    Leaking Underground Storage Tank sites.
  • Business Oregon
  • Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities
    In 2008, EPA awarded new TAB grants, which provide geographically-based technical assistance and training free of charge to communities and other stakeholders on brownfields issues, with the goal of increasing the community's understanding and involvement in brownfield cleanup and revitalization. The TAB grants serve as an independent source of information assisting communities with community involvement, better understanding the health impacts of brownfield sites, science and technology relating to brownfield site assessment, remediation, and site preparation activities, brownfield finance questions, and information on integrated approaches to brownfield cleanup and redevelopment. The Center for Creative Land Recycling, located in San Francisco, CA, is the TAB grantee that serves communities in EPA Regions 8, 9, and 10 including all of Oregon.

Local and Other Brownfield Resources

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