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EPA Brownfields Program

What is a Brownfield?
A Brownfield is a property where its expansion, redevelopment, or reuse is complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

Brownfields Assessment Program
In 2009, 2011 and again in 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Bear Paw Development Corporation a $400,000 Brownfield Assessment Grant to complete environmental assessments on properties contaminated with petroleum and hazardous substances, including asbestos and lead-based paint.  The Bear Paw Brownfield Program is voluntary and assessments are performed at no charge to the property owner.  Information generated from the assessments can be used to satisfy purchaser concerns, regulatory agency requirements, or simply to determine whether or not environmental contamination exists on a property. 

Brownfields Loan Program
In 2011, the EPA awarded Bear Paw Development Corporation a $1,000,000 grant to capitalize a Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund.  The program provides low-to-no-interest loans to eligible applicants for the purpose of remediating Brownfield sites.  Local governments and non-profit organizations may also be eligible for a sub-grant to clean-up a contaminated property.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the Brownfield Program or to discuss if your property is eligible for assessment. Let us know if you would like to be included on our mailing list that will be used to notify interested parties of upcoming events, project milestones, etc.

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Sara Strissel

Director of Community Planning and Brownfields 

Click here to email Sara

406.265.9226 ext. 33


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