Brownfields are former industrial or commercial sites where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated the Brownfields program to support assessment, cleanup, and reinvestment in properties that supports the community, enhances the economy, and protects the environment.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) collaborate with EPA to monitor and provide assistance for the Brownfields program.

Assessment and cleanup operations at The Landing

October 2014

Over the last 15 years, the City of Mt. Shasta, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous community partners have invested over $800,000 and countless hours on detailed research, assessment, and soil testing of The Landing, due to its previous use as a heritage mill site.

The City of Mt. Shasta began the process of assessing the former Roseburg Mill site for environmental preparedness and redevelopment potential in 1998 with an EPA Targeted Site Assessment (TSA).  Between 1998 and 2009 a further three assessments were conducted with EPA and DTSC funding.  These Targeted Site Assessments and Investigations (TSI) analyzed soil and groundwater both across the site and in specific regions of the “Old Mill” and “New Mill”.  Unfortunately, these assessments were limited in size and scope, not coordinated, and merely raised more questions and required further investigation to determine cleanup needs.  Two large EPA grants were received in 2011 (Communitywide Assessment) and 2013 (Multipurpose Assessment & Cleanup) that has since allowed the City to make a major progress in fully assessing and characterizing the property now named “ The Landing – Mt. Shasta Commerce Park”.  These two assessments plus a 2015 TSI have put about $1 million into the site and allowed for a timeline to be developed for the cleanup and redevelopment of the site. 

The 2011 EPA Communitywide Assessment Grant is intended to cover the entire City of Mt. Shasta though the majority of expenses that have gone towards The Landing.  This $400,000 supports the sampling and analysis of portions of the site and preparation of a cleanup plan for the Old Mill section.  This grant also has marketing and outreach sections to inform the community and developers of the work being done onsite.  Finally, this grant has a portion of funds allocated for area wide planning to determine final cleanup and development end-use plans.  To this point the grant is on schedule to closeout at the end of June, 2015.

The 2013 EPA Multipurpose (Assessment/Cleanup) Grant funds the assessment and cleanup of the New Mill section of The Landing.  Each portion is $200,000 and will move the central portion of the site towards redevelopment.  This grant also has an outreach portion of funding which will assist with informing the community of progress on cleanup and development.  Ultimately, beginning cleanup at this location will allow for cleanup in other sections and the beginning of development in phases.  Cleanup will be conducted in the Summer-Fall of 2016 and the grant will be closed out by the end of 2016.  

Brownfield Documents