Brownfields Tribal Response Program
What is a Brownfield?
Brownfields are contaminated sites which could be targeted for cleanup and redevelopment. According to the EPA, a ‘brownfields site’ is defined as real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.
Examples of Brownfields:
- Old or illegal dumps
- Petroleum spills
- Abandoned or idle structures with lead paint, asbestos or other hazardous materials
- Old fuel storage areas or former gas stations
- Mine scarred lands
Brownfields Redevelopment Process
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An Introduction to Brownfields in the Yukon River Watershed
Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council presents "Yookkene" from Stephen Price on Vimeo.
Hughes Cleanup Project 2012
In 2012, the YRITWC Brownfields Program contracted site-specific cleanup services (both local and other) for a property known to have petroleum hydrocarbon-impacted soil located in the heart of the community of Hughes, Alaska. This site previously received an assessment in 2008 through the YRITWC and in 2009 through the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). YRITWC and ADEC collaborated together in 2012 to respond to the concern through an Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) and a Corrective Action Plan (see below). After many stakeholder and community meetings, a schedule of cleanup work was decided to coincide with the reuse goal for the property – a new community water storage tank.
To view an Action Plan for a site that has received an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), click a link below:
Alakanuk: BIA Dump Site
Nenana: Subsistence Area River Dump
Arctic Village: Former Public Health Service Generator Building
Holy Cross: Abandoned Drums Site
Hughes: Former Generator Building and Tank Farm
Kotlik: Former Dump Site
Koyukuk: Former Generator Building
Hooper Bay: Abandoned Sewage Disposal Bunkers
Pilot Station: Abandoned Well Pump Station
Anvik: Former Alaska Village Electric Cooperative Power Plant and Fuel Storage Area
Alakanuk: South-Bank Dumpsite
Emmonak: BIA School Building
Participating Brownfield Program Communities
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