Friday, February 28, 2020

Kansas State University to aid with brownfield cleanup efforts on tribal lands

Kansas State University will receive approximately $2 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the next five years to offer technical support to tribes to clean up environmentally contaminated sites.

“Tribes have unique needs in revitalizing contaminated lands for productive reuses,” Mathy Stanislaus, EPA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management, said in a news release. “Kansas State University will offer tribes substantive technical assistance as they work to clean up and revitalize lands in a manner they determine is consistent with their culture and governance.”

The university will assist any of the 566 federally recognized tribes with identifying solutions on assessing and cleaning up the brownfield sites, developing reuse plans and financing options, the EPA release said.

“They will also help tribes develop peer networks to share ideas about brownfields issues,” EPA said in the release. “With KSU’s help, tribes will build tribal response programs to develop integrated approaches to brownfield cleanup and reuse, considering the links between environmental, economic, cultural, and social issues.”

EPA said it has allocated over $12 million in fiscal 2016 to 107 tribes for tribal response programs, and over 700 properties are enrolled in the programs.

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