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Beaverton sets two events in March to address new 'brownfields' program

Property owners will learn how to deal with contamination

The City of Beaverton will hold two events in March to provide information about the new Beaverton Brownfields Program.

The city received a $400,000 brownfields assessment grant in 2013 from the US Environmental Protection Agency to help local property and business owners evaluate sites for contamination and other environmental challenges.City of Beaverton

Brownfields — properties that have been abandoned or underused because of real or perceived environmental contamination concerns — often include old gas stations, auto body shops, former dry cleaners, abandoned industrial facilities, and other businesses. Contamination is not always visible, however, and many brownfields are in active use despite underground contamination.

“Brownfield cleanup and development benefits the environment and the economy,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “It also directly supports citywide economic development, improves community health, increases investment potential and creates local jobs. This project will help support the strong, diverse business partnerships we have throughout the community.”

The EPA brownfield assessment grant is being used to help property owners evaluate potential sites for future cleanup.

A public open house will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. March 9 at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. 5th St., with the evening's formal presentation scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about brownfields, environmental assessments, potential contamination issues, cleanup and redevelopment planning, financial incentives, and information about federal, state, and local assistance programs.

A forum for property and business owners will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. March 31 at The Beaverton Building, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way. This event is tailored for current and future local property and business owners. The presentation will begin at 8 a.m. and will include a panel of experts who will explain the assessment and remediation process, and discuss questions and concerns about real or perceived environmental contamination.

All Beaverton property and business owners are welcome and will have the chance to learn how to determine if their property contains environmental challenges, and how to obtain financial assistance for site assessment through the city's grant funding.

Site assessments are expected to begin in late spring or early summer 2015 and continue through September 2016 when the current grant funding cycle ends.

Property owners are encouraged to contact the city while grant funding is still available for the project.

For more information about brownfields or to RSVP for the public meetings, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Brownfields, or contact Amy Koski at 503-526-2631 or akoski@BeavertonOregon.gov to learn about potential financial assistance for site assessments.

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