Group meeting at Auto Waxing Systems brownfields site.

Brownfield Remediation Programs

Several city, state, and federal programs exist to assist property owners with the brownfield remediation process and allow the property to return to productive use. Jurisdiction over environmental matters in Oregon is given to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Are you confused about the brownfield remediation process? Contact David Tetrick at or 503-526-2537 with any questions you may have. 

State Programs

  • Brownfield Redevelopment Fund - This program assists individuals, non-profit organizations, and local governments with financing to evaluate, cleanup, and redevelop brownfields.
    Contact: Karen Homolac - Brownfields Coordinator, 503-986-0050
  • DEQ Site-Specific Assessments of Brownfields - This program is designed to promote redevelopment or property transfer.
    Contact: Rebecca Wells-Albers - Northwest Region Coordinator, 503-229-5585
  • Oregon Health Authority’s Brownfield Initiative - This program is designed to involve community members in identifying actions that support healthy living, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, providing education, and understanding the health benefits of brownfield redevelopment.
    Contact: Oregon Health Authority Staff, 971-673-0977, or
  • Prospective Purchaser Agreement - This is a legally binding agreement between DEQ and a prospective purchaser or lessee of real property. It limits the purchaser’s or lessee’s liability to DEQ for environmental cleanup of the property.
    Contact: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality staff, 503-229-6461

Federal Programs

  • The Environmental Protection Agency has a variety of grants available to assist entities with workforce development and job training, environmental assessment and cleanup, and meeting sustainability goals. For more information, please see the EPA's Brownfields website