A brownfield is an abandoned or underused property, with real or perceived contamination, that could be cleaned up and reused.
In rural Alaska, common brownfields include old tank farms; abandoned buildings containing hazardous materials; 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.
Brownfields redevelopment in rural Alaska might look a lot different than in the lower 48. Some options for brownfield site reuse in Alaskan villages are:
- Restored subsistence use.
- Recreational area.
- Storage for heavy equipment.
- Community greenhouse.
- Recycling center.
- Housing or public infrastructure.
The Tribal Response Program (TRP) is open to all member Tribes within TCC’s service region. The TRP is available to help Tribes begin the process of addressing brownfields in their community or to help move developed projects along. Services include:
- Brownfield 101: providing education on EPA brownfields programs and the 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.
- Brownfields prevention initiatives.
- Maintain the Public Record of Tribal lands site work for the TCC region.
Elements & Tools
The TCC Brownfields Tribal Response Program is managed through the Office of Environmental Health (OEH). TCC’s vision for “Healthy, Strong, Unified Tribes” is what drives our program to become a sustainable resource for advancing brownfields work in the TCC villages. We look forward to working with you on your brownfields goals.