The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines brownfields generally as "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." For properties that meet this definition and are determined to be eligible, the Brownfields Program works to assess environmental conditions and remediate environmental contamination to standards set by the EPA and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.
The City of Missoula Brownfields Program, through the Department of Grants and Community Programs (GCP), assists in the assessment and cleanup of properties to encourage redevelopment and reuse of that land. Because the expense of remediation may inhibit or preclude redevelopment, the Brownfields Program provides federal funding to assist in brownfields assessment and cleanup. To that end, the City administers an Assessment Grant to conduct assessments and a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) for cleanup, and may also periodically be able to assist in seeking other federal assistance.
Sites must meet a variety of criteria to be eligible for brownfields funding, including that the property cannot be owned by a party principally responsible for contamination. Sites assisted by the City's Brownfields program must be located within the City limits. Projects outside the City limits may be provided Brownfields funding through the EPA or DEQ. Contact the Brownfields Coordinator at GCP for assistance.
Announcements and Additional Information
- The City has an email list for those who might be interested in applying for funds or receiving additional information about the Brownfields program. To receive information, send an email requesting to be on the list to Nancy Harte, Brownfields Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org and include "Brownfields List" in the subject line.
- Missoula Brownfields RLF Frequently Asked Questions
- Missoula’s Brownfields Program is funded by and therefore complies with EPA and other federal, state and local regulations. For more information on EPA’s Brownfields Program, see http://www.epa.gov/brownfields.
- Cleanups in My Community (CIMC) enables you to map and list hazardous waste cleanup locations and grant areas, and drill down to details about those cleanups and grants and other related information.