Orutsararmiut Native Council Brownfields Tribal Response Program is designed to empower the community of Bethel and stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainable reuse contaminated sites.
Orutsararmiut Native Council Federally Recognized 128(a) Brownfield’s Tribal Response Program has been addressing the lands with in the Bethel Service Area since 2011. We oversee assessments, survey contaminated sites, conduct an inventory of contaminated or potential contaminated sites for cleanup and redevelopment, and educating the community through outreach on prevention and awareness.
What is a Brownfield?
Brownfield is a site (Land) where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination; defined by EPA as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” “Brownfields are contaminated sites which could be targeted for cleanup and redevelopment.”
What can we do?
ONC Brownfield Tribal Response Program funded through a cooperative agreement and administered by United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to establish and enhance state response programs that address the assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields sites and other contaminated sites as defined by law. This funding is also referred to as Section 128(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Our program goal is to ensure ONC Brownfield Tribal Response Program include or are taking reasonable steps to include certain elements and establish a public record. Our second goal of funding as defined by the guidance is, “to provide funding for other activities that increase the number of response actions conducted or overseen by a state or tribal repose program to increase capacity.”
Following the four elements of a response program:
Timely survey and inventory of brownfield sites in state or tribal land;
Oversight and enforcement authorities or other mechanisms and resources;
Mechanisms and resources to provide meaningful opportunities for public participation;
Mechanisms for approval of cleanup plan and verification and certification that cleanup is complete.
Establish and maintain a public record system.