Tribal Response Program
What is a Brownfield?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a brownfield 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.
There are three (3) ingredients of a Brownfield:
1. Underutilized Land or Building
2. Known or Suspected Contamination
3. Plan to reuse the property
Examples of Brownfields include:
• Old dumps
• Abandoned Electric Generators with hazardous materials
• Petroleum spills and old fuel storage areas
Chuathbaluk Traditional Council TRP Goals:
The goal of this program is to inventory, assess, plan, and ultimately, to facilitate the cleanup of prioritized/pertinent Brownfields sites in a streamlined and cost-effective manner, thus reducing associated health issues. Due diligence will focus on sites in and around Chuathbaluk that affect the Native Village of Chuathbaluk and neighboring villages either upstream or downstream from Chuathbaluk that may at any time be adversely affected by identified potential Brownfields sites. Additional goals include the building of partnerships with entities that possess a shared vision; a vision of environmental cleanup up of areas impacting traditional subsistence activities and the establishment of baseline data for potentially future use areas.
What can you do?
You can share your knowledge!
• Help build our Contaminated Sites Public Database by reporting any land sites or buildings that may have real or perceived contamination
• Report any hazardous substance spills and petroleum/Fuel spills for response action or clean up.