Brownfield Assessment Grant

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Missoula County was awarded a $300,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Assessment Grant to complete environmental assessments on properties contaminated with petroleum and hazardous substances, including asbestos and lead-based paint.

WHAT IS A BROWNFIELD?

A Brownfield is a property where its expansion, redevelopment or reuse is complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Nearly every community in Montana has Brownfield sites. Left untouched, a Brownfield can post insurmountable environmental, legal and public and private investment challenges.

HOW THE BROWNFIELD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM WORKS

The overall goals of the Missoula County Brownfield Assessment Program are to remove environmental uncertainty and facilitate development of Brownfield sites within Missoula County (outside City of Missoula limits). Assessment funds are available to any public or private entity that meets eligibility requirements. With EPA Brownfield funds, Missoula County will assist communities and property owners affected by environmental contamination by:

  • Completing Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments
  • Estimating site contaminant risks
  • Developing conceptual cleanup plans based on the severity of site contamination

Local governments or private investors reluctant to invest in a property out of fear of contamination can tap into these funds to remove environmental barriers to redevelopment. A Brownfields Steering Committee made up of representatives from Missoula County communities (outside City of Missoula limits) will help guide the Missoula County Brownfield Program and assist with the selection of sites for assessment.

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THE BROWNFIELD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

The benefits to participating in the Brownfield Program are many. Assessments are completed by a contractor hired by Missoula County at no cost to the property owner. The information generated can be used to satisfy purchaser concerns, regulatory agency requirements or simply to determine whether or not environmental contamination exists on a property. Being selected for assessment also makes the property eligible for additional state and federal Brownfield funds for further assessment and site cleanup.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Any public or private property owner located in Missoula County (outside City of Missoula limits) may be eligible to participate in the Brownfield Program. Eligible properties might include former gas stations, auto repair shops, pesticide/herbicide facilities, landfills, dry cleaners, buildings containing asbestos or lead-based paint or any property where revitalization is complicated by environmental contamination.

LEARN MORE

To learn more about this program, determine whether your property is eligible for assessment, or to be added to our Brownfield mailing list, please contact:

Sindie Kennedy
Brownfield Program Coordinator
Missoula County
Mailing: 200 W Broadway
Physical: 127 E Main St, Suite 2
Missoula, MT  59802
(406) 258-3688
skennedy@missoulacounty.us

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