EPA's Brownfields Program is designed to empower tribes, states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.
A brownfield is a property that may be difficult to redevelop or reuse due to the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.
The Mille Lacs Band's Department of Natural Resources has operated a Brownfields Program since 2004.
Tribal Members and public with questions/concerns regarding properties please contact:
MLBDNR/E Brownfields Coordinator
Recent Brownfields Program Highlights: Hazardous Materials Surveys (HMS) were recently conducted on three (3) properties.
Soil testing and HMS was performed at Mille Lacs Marine.
Mille Lacs Tribal College is in the process of abatement with demolition to follow.
Numerous additional properties have been posted.
For a story about the Brownfields Program's award-winning redevelopment of the Mille Lacs Band's decommissioned wastewater treatment ponds, click here.