Missoula County receives brownfields cleanup grant

Bret Anne Serbin

Redevelopment opportunities abound in Montana following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of new environmental cleanup grants for 265 communities, including Missoula.

Missoula County will receive a $500,000 brownfields grant to clean up former industrial sites in East Missoula, Bonner, West Riverside, Milltown and Piltzville. 

Brownfields include properties where the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants complicates opportunities for expansion, redevelopment or reuse.

In Missoula County, a variety of brownfield sites will benefit from the new brownfields grant funding.

Missoula County will use the EPA funds to conduct 18 environmental site assessments and develop additional cleanup and reuse plans. These site assessments examine current and historical uses of properties; and sample soil, water, air and building materials. This information will be used to evaluate potential contamination, determine cleanup options and initiate reuse planning.

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Targeted sites include the East Missoula Town Center complex, which includes former fueling stations, a truck repair facility, and a junk vehicles yard. Sites also include a former school building; a 108-acre former sawmill and industrial landfill; an 86-acre former gravel mine complex; and the Fort Missoula/Target Range

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