Chickaloon Village Tribal Response Program
The Tribal Response Program (TRP) is meant to provide resources and increase the ability to address brownfield sites. Through this program we hope to provide not only information about current brownfield sites, but also education about the prevention of future contaminated sites.
The TRP program will complete the four elements required by the EPA. These elements are:
1. Timely Survey and Inventory of Brownfield sites
2. Oversight and Enforcement Authorities or Other Mechanisms and Resources
3. Mechanisms and Resources to Provide Meaningful Opportunities for Public Participation
4. Mechanisms for Approval of a Cleanup Plan and Verification and Certification that Cleanup is Complete.
The TRP program will also be providing a Public Record system which allows the community to find sites that have had response actions or will have response actions in the next year.
The TRP is funded through EPA via Section 128(a). 128(a) provides funding for a grant program for state and tribal entities to create response programs to address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields sites and other contaminated sites. For more information, visit the EPA website. (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields)
What is a Brownfield?
A Brownfield is an abandoned or underused property, the reuse of which is hindered by real or perceived contamination. This contamination may be asbestos in old buildings, or leaky storage tanks. In Alaska we have many illegal dumping sites and mine scarred lands that might also be brownfield sites. These contaminated sites can directly affect subsistence resources and/or recreational uses. A brownfield program is a reuse program; the community needs to have a reuse plan for the sites. It is also important for the health of the environment as well as the health of the community that these sites are cleaned up.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of a brownfield is “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence of potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contamination.”
Examples of potential Brownfield sites.
Former industrial sites
Petroleum and chemical storage areas
Abandoned commercial businesses
Old gas stations
The process of cleaning up a brownfield site can be a long one, and it needs community support as well as funding sources. The typical process begins with spreading awareness of brownfields and contamination, taking an inventory of contaminated lands, prioritizing sites and beginning the cleanup process. During this process, there will be site assessment and testing to ensure proper cleanup is complete. The final process is reuse and redevelopment.
For more information about Brownfields in Alaska, please visit the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. https://dec.alaska.gov/spar/csp/brownfields.htm
For information about the EPA’s Brownfield program and contaminated sites, please visit the EPA.
If you would like to report a spill, please contact Spill response. http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/spillreport.htm
Central Alaska – (907) 269-3063
Outside of business hours – 1-800-478- 9300
If you have any questions or comments, please contact our TRP Coordinator, Bethany Nichols, by phone (907) 745-0737 or email: [email protected]
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