Tribal Brownfield and Response Program
- The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has been developing a Tribal Brownfield and Response Program since 2004 with a CERCLA 128(a) Tribal Response Program grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
- The US 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.”
- The purpose of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Brownfield and Response Program is to establish and enhance a program that will enable the Tribe to monitor and manage Brownfield site assessment, cleanup, and reuse.
The Tribal Response Program has five major objectives as follows:
- Survey & inventory of Tribal lands within the exterior boundaries of the 1836 & 1855 reservations.
- Monitor the clean-up process and verify that clean-up is complete on Brownfield sites.
- Develop enforcement authorities to protect human health & the environment on Brownfield sites.
- Encourage public input & participation on the Brownfields process.
- Address and re-develop Brownfields to enhance the community’s health, well-being, and long-term quality of life.
Another major component of the Tribal Brownfield and Response Program is to maintain and update a record of sites that includes the name and location of sites at which response actions have been completed. The public record is typically updated bi-annually, and at least annually. The public record is available at the Brownfield Specialist’s office in the Natural Resources Department.
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