King County Brownfields program no longer in operation
The King County Brownfields Program in no longer in operation. Other brownfields resources may be found at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency external link , the Washington State Department of Ecology external link and the Washington State Department of Commerce external link .
In 1998, King County received a $200,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Pilot Grant. Between 1998 and 2012, the county received an additional $2.2 million in EPA grant funds for assessment and cleanup of contaminated sites in King County.
Grant funds were used to contract with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) external link to provide free technical assistance in assessing and cleaning up contaminated sites, also known as Brownfields. Grant funds have also been used to contract with consulting firms CDM Smith and Hart Crowser, Inc. to conduct Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments.
A Brownfield is defined by EPA 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."
The Brownfields Program was created out of the Duwamish Coalition, a public-private partnership that met from 1993 to 1997 to address economic development and environmental contamination in the Duwamish/Tukwila Manufacturing Industrial Center. The coalition was created to help implement the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) external link by developing strategies to encourage redevelopment in urban areas, reduce sprawl, support economic development, and protect the environment.
In addition to receiving funds for assessment, King County received EPA grant funds to clean up underground storage tanks on Brownfield properties, provide job training in Brownfield assessment and cleanup through the King County Jobs Initiative Program, and in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, create a Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (BCRLF) external link to make low-interest loans for Brownfields cleanup. Several specific sites have received comprehensive assistance from the Brownfields Program, resulting in their successful assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment. Success stories include: