In April 2018, the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) was awarded its second $600,000 EPA Brownfield Assessment Coalition Grant. Under this grant we will conduct environmental assessments of contaminated brownfield sites in the Piedmont Triad. A strong preference will now (as of Fall 2019) be made for petroleum sites.
The PTRC award was one of 221 grants across the nation. We will also work with the communities to develop strategies for cleaning up brownfield sites for reuse.
PTRC will facilitate the assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of abandoned, idled or underused brownfields sites in communities throughout the Piedmont Triad and strive to bring them back to productive use while protecting public health and the environment.
The program will pursue strategic investments in catalyst areas to stimulate the redevelopment of brownfield sites and surrounding properties, to improve quality of life, increase tax base, create jobs, and provide greater housing and transportation choices in communities throughout the region.
Program assessment and clean-up efforts will focus on areas posing the most risk to human health and the environment, yet with the most potential for redevelopment and reuse. Special emphasis will be placed on properties located in and around municipal core areas.