A brownfield is a potentially contaminated site that a community would like to clean up and reuse for another purpose.

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In rural Alaska common brownfield sites include old tank farms; abandoned buildings; oil spills; mine-scarred lands; and illegal dumping sites. Brownfields may leave lands ruined for many generations to come. Cleaning up and reusing these sites protects human health and the environment while helping to preserve the land for future generations.

Tribal Response Program

The Tribal Response Program (TRP) is open to all TCC member Tribes. The TRP is available to help Tribes begin the process of addressing brownfields in their communities. Services include:

  • Education about brownfield basics
  • Creating an inventory of brownfield sites in your village
  • Research opportunities for site assessment and clean up
  • Planning for site assessment and reuse
  • Collaborate between Tribal, state, and federal partners for brownfields management
  • Brownfield prevention
  • Maintain the Public Record of contaminated sites within the TCC region


Brownfield redevelopment in rural Alaska looks very different than in the lower 48. Some options for brownfield reuse in Alaskan villages include:Restored subsistence use areas

  • Recreational areas
  • Heavy equipment storage
  • Recycling center
  • Housing or public infrastructure

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