Oregon Brownfield Coalition
The mission of the Oregon Brownfield Coalition is To advance the cleanup and reuse of brownfields to improve the environment, economy and health of ALL communities across Oregon.
The Coalition is a group of more than 50 public, private and nonprofit organizations dedicated to finding solutions to the statewide problem of contaminated land.
The coalition has worked collaboratively to create new tools to advance brownfield remediation and cleanup across Oregon . Formed in 2014, the Coalition has successfully advocated for legislation to support brownfield remediation.
Every brownfield is different, which makes it critical to have a range of tools available to solve Oregon’s unique challenges.
Goals for 2017-18
In 2017, the Coalition is reviewing a state income tax credit study to see how it could help incentivize brownfield cleanup and redevelopment statewide. Similar tax credits elsewhere have created thousands of jobs with relatively little public investment. The Coalition continues to work on application of these tools at the local level.
Other Coalition goals for 2017-2018 include:
- Providing technical assistance to communities considering land-bank formation or adopting local tax incentives, according to laws passed by the Oregon legislature in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
- Evaluating the feasibility of brownfields regulatory enhancements such as strengthening the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ’s) current “Off-Site Migration Policy” by adding its components to statute.
- Assisting the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in its study of a single, coordinated cleanup review process, as authorized under Oregon House Bill 2968 (2017).