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Ali Furmall
(505) 827-0078

Rebecca Cook
(505) 827-0171


Upcoming Brownfields Conferences and Training Events

New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference

October 26 - 28, 2016

Ruidoso Convention Center ~ 111 Sierra Blanca Dr., Ruidoso

The 21st Annual New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference is taking place October 26 - 28, 2016 at the Ruidosa Convention Center.  The NMED Brownfields Program is participating in a panel discussion entitled Brownfields: Finding, Financing, Fixing, and Future Use. This panel will include representatives from NM Department of Economic Development, Kansas State University, and EPA Headquarters.

The discussion will focus on:

  • identifying and prioritizing brownfields in your community
  • resources available for brownfields assessment and cleanup
  • resources available for redevelopment after cleanup
  • how to incorporate public health considerations as part of land revitalization

The Brownfields Program will also have a table at the event and will be on hand to answer questions about the services we offer.

For more information and to register, please visit the NMIFC website:

Brownfields Funding Opportunities

ANNOUNCING New Request for Proposals

FY 2017 Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grant Guidelines

These Brownfields grants may be used for assessment and cleanup activities at sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum).

The proposal submission deadline has been extended until December 22, 2016.
The server will be undergoing maintenance December 17 - 19.

For more information and to download Assessment and Cleanup Grant Guidelines visit:

EPA Brownfields Grant Funding:

Assistance for Developing a Grant Proposal

EPA Region 6 is hosting several Grant Chats to discuss proposal components.

Grant Chat Schedule

Kansas State University's Technical Assistance to Brownfields team has a number of useful tools to assist with the preparation of the EPA grant proposals. They also offer a FREE review of your proposal.

Check out their resources at

EPA 2017 Environmental Justice Small Grant

EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations, and local and tribal governments working on projects to address environmental and public health concerns. EPA will award grants that support activities designed to empower and educate affected communities and to identify ways to address environmental and public health concerns at the local level. Approximately 40 one-year projects will be awarded at up to $30,000 each nationwide.

Proposals are being accepted through January 31, 2017.

More Information:

Groundwork USA Program Funding Grant Opportunity

Funding is available to select up to two new communities for the Groundwork Program. They will be eligible for up to $200,000 in funding and technical assistance from the National Park Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Groundwork USA to plan, establish, and build the capacity of Groundwork Trust organizations in their communities.

Proposals are being accepted through February 1, 2017.

More information:


A brownfield is a property whose redevelopment is complicated by the presence of contamination or perceived contamination. It could be an old gas station, vacant motel, former industrial site, an abandoned dump, etc.  

Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties can restore the environment, reduce health risks, eliminate blight, revitalize downtowns, create jobs, increase local tax bases, and create a sense of community pride.



Luna Lodge on Route 66, Albuquerque. Remediated in 2012

NMED can assist your community with its brownfield redevelopment project.

Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA)

NMED offers free environmental evaluations of brownfield properties. Services include:

  • Phase I site assessments
  • Cleanup planning
  • Environmental investigations
    (sampling and analysis)
  • Remediation cost estimates
  • Asbestos and lead paint surveys


Local government units, tribal governments, quasi-public entities (such as community development organizations), and non-profit entities are eligible to request a TBA.

NMED considers the following criteria in prioritizing requests: feasibility of property redevelopment or reuse, potential economic/environmental/health benefits to the community, project timetable, and availability of funding.

EPA Region 6 also provides TBA services in the event that NMED cannot currently accommodate your request.

Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

It is usually easier to find funding for redevelopment of a site than for cleanup. NMED offers low-interest loans with favorable terms that can be used for remediating contamination at an eligible brownfield site. The funds may also be used for asbestos removal or abatement. The availability of cleanup funding can leverage the other funding needed – on average, $18 for every dollar of brownfields funding.

Contact us to discuss the eligibility of your project and the application process.

Application forms:


Technical Assistance

Brownfield redevelopment requires community planning, environmental expertise, public and private partners, and familiarity with a myriad of potential sources of assistance. NMED can help you connect to the resources you need to make your project a Brownfields success story.

Assistance is also available through EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program.

Voluntary Remediation Program

Participants who successfully complete the VRP receive site closure documentation from NMED and liability protection for lenders and future purchasers.



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