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Yes, like all cities throughout the United States, Eureka has a number of properties that are idle, vacant or underutilized, and may have contamination that is preventing reuse.
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A brownfield site is a property where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse efforts are complicated by the presence or perceived presence of petroleum, hazardous substances, or other contaminants. Common examples are vacant or underutilized properties, including gas stations, auto repair facilities, and older manufacturing sites.
The City of Eureka received an assessment grant totaling $300,000. The first grant is a community-wide grant set aside to assess properties potentially impacted by hazardous substances and petroleum. This grant will be used to inventory brownfield sites and conduct a limited number of environmental site assessments to determine if sites are contaminated. All work will be performed within the Balloon Track and Waterfront area in Eureka.
Brownfield sites are often a blight on neighborhoods and can potentially impact the environment. Most brownfields produce little tax revenue and reduce local employment opportunities. Cleaning up and reinvesting in brownfield sites increases the local tax base, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, and improves and protects the environment.
Community-wide sites are inventoried using a variety of criteria including location, potential contamination, how reuse fits into the City's general plan, community expectations and needs, and other factors. The public is encouraged to help with the prioritization process by participating in community meetings and staying involved.
We want to involve as many of our residents, property owners, business owners, and community organizations as possible throughout all stages of this work. If you would like more information, please email Erin McDannold or call 707-441-4177.
Complete our Brownfields Community-wide Assessment Grant Feedback survey.
No. Your project participation may be limited to a Phase I report and you may choose to forgo a Phase II or a Phase II may not be recommended by the Phase I report.
No permitting or ground disturbance occurs with Phase Is. Phase IIs require permitting and subsurface sampling/ground disturbance, but Phase IIs are not required in order to participate in the project.
Individual Phase Is typically take one month to complete. Individual Phase IIs may take up to 2 to 3 months to permit, execute, and report.
If a Phase I recommends a Phase II and a Phase II is completed and contamination is found above regulatory action levels, then a State or Local agency may require further delineation of the impact. This could result in opening a regulatory case file and the current landowner would be named as a Responsible Party, along with any previous owners who caused or contributed to the contamination.
Numerous grants and loans are available through State programs to address environmental impacts. These grants, however, utilize a competitive selection process and funding is not guaranteed.
You should consult with your legal counsel to evaluate your particular liability situation. Participation in the project may increase your liability. Commercial/industrial properties typically require a Phase I and possibly a Phase II investigation as part of any real estate transaction. Participation in the project is free to eligible landowners/properties and therefore you could save these potential future costs by participating in the project. Landowner environmental liability should decrease once properties are cleared by conducting either a Phase I or a Phase II.