Nye County Brownfields Program

Nye County has been actively involved in the EPA’s Brownfields program since 2002. Brownfields are “properties where the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant, or the perception of contamination complicates the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of that property. Nye County’s Brownfields program is intended to assist the county and its residents to improve their quality of life by identifying, assessing, and remediating areas of contamination, and returning property to beneficial use.

Since the inception of Nye County’s Brownfields program, the county has received five major grant awards and assessed over 25 properties. Nye County has set the standard for redevelopment of rural Brownfield sites by exploring innovative approaches to leveraging various funding and technical assistance resources to successfully complete projects. The County sponsored and worked through a collaborative process to develop State legislation that addresses former methamphetamine lab clean-up measures in Nevada. The County has successfully attracted numerous renewable energy developers to redevelop former Brownfield properties as renewable energy generation sites. Additionally, the County intends to incorporate the recently awarded Brownfields Job Training Program into its strategy for energy efficiency and conservation work; successful graduates of the program can help weatherization technicians address asbestos, lead based paint, and other hazardous materials issues during construction renovations. Nye County works with its community partners (including Great Basin College, Valley Electric Association, NV Energy, and the Rural Nevada Development Corporation, among others) to promote job-skills training for residents so that as many jobs as possible that are generated by the Brownfields program remain in Nye County.

Information on the specific properties assessed and programs accomplished utilizing Brownfields funding can be found by accessing www.rdsbc.org