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Coalition Brownfields Inventory and Assessment Program
In May 2022, RVCOG received word from EPA that additional funding was awarded for the program. Funding is anticipated to be available in October and the focus is on lands that were damaged by the Almeda fire in Phoenix, Talent, and Jackson County.
What is a Brownfield?
A brownfield is a property, of which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence, or potential presence, of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.
The above information is from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information on brownfields:
EPA Brownfield Site – https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/overview-epas-brownfields-program
Funding to complete a Brownfield Community Wide Assessment was received from EPA in October 2017. Coalition partners include the City of Medford, City of Central Point, City of Grants Pass, and Jackson County.
The program will look at sites that may be contaminated by petroleum or hazardous materials. Any site, public or private, is eligible for consideration. Funding from EPA will allow the program to:
- Inventory and prioritize brownfield sites
- Conduct Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
- Complete site-specific clean-up or re-use plans
- Complete area wide planning (AWP) activities in focus areas
- Provide public outreach on the project and get community input on priorities through a Brownfields Advisory Committee
Project Updates and Products
Public Involvement Plan (Draft)
Site Nomination Form – Public and Private Properties
- Fourteen coalition meetings have been held (December 2017 – September 2020).
- Inventory work completed for focus areas.
- Public Involvement Plan, Site Nomination Form, and other deliverables completed.
- Quarterly reports submitted to EPA.
- Public meetings held in Grants Pass and Medford.
- Class held with Rogue Valley Realtors.
- 9 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and 8 Phase II ESAs have been completed.
- Work is ongoing for additional Phase I’s and Phase II’s.
- One Contaminant Media Management Plan (CMMP) has been completed.
- Area wide planning has started for two locations – Liberty Park and a corridor along Table Rock Road
- An inventory of potential brownfields in portions of Phoenix and Talent along Highway 99 was completed with funding provided by Business Oregon.
- Held an online public meeting on Monday, November 1st to talk about program accomplishments and next steps.
- Applied for funding for continuation of the program in December 2021.
- We completed final reports for the project in March 2022.
- In May 2022, we received notice that we were awarded additional funding for the next phase of the assessment which will focus on areas impacted by the Almeda Fire in Phoenix, Talent, and unincorporated Jackson County.
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
Area Wide Planning Discussion Check-ins are currently being scheduled.
General Information and Resources
To learn more about brownfields, click on the links and videos below:
Video on brownfields and the Eugene-Springfield-Lane County Coalition: