CRNA Brownfield Tribal Response Program

What is the Tribal Response Program?

The Tribal Response Program (TRP) is an Environment Protection Agency (EPA) grant program to assist tribes to identify, inventory, assess, and ultimately clean up brownfield sites so those sites can be reused or redeveloped.

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A brownfield site is defined by the EPA as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminates.”

Basically, brownfield sites are properties with known or suspected hazardous contamination or pollution. Brownfield sites are a cause for concern not only because of their risks to human health, but also for their potential threat to subsistence resources and then environment.

CRNA TRP Program works with tribes to address brownfield sites that impact the health of the community and environment. The goal of the TRP Program is to clean up and reuse brownfield sites in your area in a way that benefits the community.

Examples of a Brownfield site include, but are not limited to:

  • Old dump sites
  • Old BIA schools
  • Former military sites
  • Former gas stations
  • Abandoned structures
  • Abandoned tank farms
  • Old auto repair shops

Brownfield Redevelopment

The ultimate goal of the TRP Program is to clean up and reuse brownfield sites in a way that benefits your community. A brownfield site can be reused as:

  • Subsistence area
  • Recreation area
  • Open/green space
  • Community center
  • And more!

The reuse of a brownfield site is determined by your community.

What Can You Do?

Do you know of any property that could be a Brownfield site? Share your knowledge with the TRP Coordinator! Please contact the CRNA TRP Program to report any lands or building that you suspect may be contaminated.

Contact TRP Coordinator Sarah Sherwood at 907-822-8846 or or come by the CRNA office.

Or Fill out CRNA’s Brownfield Assessment Form and return to CRNA.

You can also prevent future brownfield sites through the safe and responsible use and disposal of hazardous materials. Contact CRNA TRP Program for information about disposing of hazardous materials.

***Our Brownfields program is not meant for spill responses***

If you would like to report a spill, please contact AK Spill Response
Central Alaska: (907) 269-3063
Outside of business hours: (800) 478-9300

Copper River Native Association Brownfield Public Record

Communities We Serve

Native Village of Gakona

Gulkana Village Council

Native Village of Tazlina

Native Village of Kluti-Kaah

Native Village of Cantwell


TRP Coordinator

Sarah Sherwood

Phone: 907.822.8846