Brownfields Program


The concept of the Brownfields Program is to take contaminated or potentially contaminated, underdeveloped, unproductive property and convert it into productive real estate.  A Brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

To date, the Department continues to receive Brownfields State Response grants from the EPA.  The grant can be used by the Department for environmental assessment and hazardous material cleanup activities at Brownfield sites within North Dakota.  The assessment activities include environmental activities preliminary to cleanup such as site assessment, site characterization and site response, or cleanup planning and design for areas that have an actual or threatened release of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.  Brownfield assessment and cleanup funds may only be used at sites where there is release, or substantial threat of release, of a hazardous substance, or there is a release, or substantial threat of release, of a pollutant or contaminant which may present an imminent and substantial danger to public health or welfare.  In addition, funds may be used at sites where there is a reason to believe that a release has occurred or is about to occur.  Examples of potential Brownfield sites in North Dakota include:

  1. An abandoned retail commercial building which has or is suspected to have asbestos in the ceiling tiles, wall insulation, or on the heating system in the basement, and;
  2. An abandoned gas station with soil contamination.

The Division of Waste Management Brownfields State Response Program is application based, and cities, counties non-profits and local development groups may apply for assistance. Two documents have been developed to assist in the application process.

The first is a Brownfields State Response Program Introduction letter.  The letter provides prospective applicants background information on Brownfields and how the Division's Brownfields Program works.

The second is a Application Guideline For Brownfields Assistance In North Dakota.

The guideline identifies the minimum requirements for submitting an application for a single potential Brownfields site.  There are no limits on the number of sites that may be submitted for consideration, however, there is a limit on funds available to the Program.  Applicants submitting more than one site are asked to prioritize the applications based on local importance for re-development.

Eligible site applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis. Should potential assessment and/or cleanup costs for all sites submitted exceed available funds, the sites will be put on a waiting list until funds become available.

Brownfields Sites In North Dakota

For more information, contact by e-mail, Derek Hall.

For more information on Brownfields, visit EPA's Brownfields And Land Revitalization.