Training and Technical Assistance to Brownfields in EPA Regions 1, 2, and 3EPA Grant Number: R831575
Title: Training and Technical Assistance to Brownfields in EPA Regions 1, 2, and 3
Investigators: Bouwer, Edward J. , Alavi, Hedy
Institution: The Johns Hopkins University
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: June 1, 2003 through May 31, 2007
Project Amount: $393,264
RFA: HSRC - TTAB Brownfields (2003) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: HSRC - TTAB Brownfields , Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Land and Waste Management
The Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments (CHSUE) was initiated in October 2001. The Outreach Program is a collaborative effort between the Johns Hopkins University (lead institution), the University of Maryland, Morgan State University (the previous three institutions service EPA Region 3), New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT, services EPA Region 2), and the University of Connecticut (services EPA Region 1). All of these institutions have been providing technical assistance for brownfield communities for the past 2 years within the CHSUE. NJIT was a member of the first round of EPA Centers, and brings 13 years of Outreach experience to our project team. Examples of outreach assistance our team has provided in the past include providing site-specific technical resources for community groups, conducting workshops for new pilots, establishing relationships with state programs, preparation of a Brownfields Resource Manual, participation in roundtables for state and local brownfields programs, and providing support to brownfields stakeholders on financing, environmental justice, environmental assessment and cleanup technology, greenway area-wide assessment, inventorying, private property owner concerns, government coordination, and application of the Triad approach.
The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. contain a high density of brownfields sites. This proposed outreach program within the Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments will provide Training and Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TTAB) in EPA Regions 1, 2, and 3 according to the guidelines of the National Brownfields Program. Under training, efforts are proposed to provide knowledge on brownfields issues to stakeholders through various methods, including class-room style training, workshops, conferences, roundtables, and internet communications. Under technical assistance, efforts are proposed to guide stakeholders through a particular process or help them understand complex brownfields-related subject matter.
The outreach activities being conducted by the CHSUE are distributed among the partnering institutions to more appropriately respond to the local needs across the large geographical area represented by EPA Regions 1, 2, and 3. Staff at each of the partnering institutions will contribute to this proposed Brownfields Outreach program. In EPA Region 1, staff at the University of Connecticut propose the following TTAB projects: a) Ninigret Park (Charleston, RI); b) Mallory Hat Factory (Danbury, CT); c) Regional Growth Partnership (Bridgeport, CT); d) Redevelopment of Contaminated Land (Stamford, CT); and e) Hartford Police Shooting Range (Rocky Hills, CT). In EPA Region 2, staff at the New Jersey Institute of Technology propose the following TTAB projects: a) Area-wide Assessment (Kingston, NY); b) Task Force Training (Lackawanna, NY); c) Institutional Controls Training (Newark, NJ); d) New Jersey Brownfields Development Areas; e) New Jersey School Construction; and f) New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal. In EPA Region 3, staff at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University propose the following TTAB projects: a) Community Leadership Training; b) Community Involvement Training; c) Health Care Provider Training; d) Workshops on Risk Communication; e) Workshops on Economics of Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment; and f) Technical Assistance and Technical Document Review. Staff at the Morgan State University propose to contribute to TTAB in EPA Region 3 via technical assistance to the Park Heights Reisterstown Road Corridor Coalition Community.
The proposed TTAB activities will benefit from the guidance by an external Outreach Advisory Committee. The Outreach Advisory Committee is comprised of 11 representatives from the communities, U.S. EPA, industry and States and provides oversight, vision and perspective, assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the outreach activities, and identifies outreach funding opportunities.
These activities are expected to appreciably enhance the capacity of communities in Regions 1, 2 and 3 to successfully redevelop brownfields properties. The use of regional, university-based technical assistance and training teams ensures credible, independent and knowledgeable staff closely linked to the communities being served.