Funded through a grant from the EPA’s 128a CERCLA program, the Four major elements of the LTBB Brownfields Program include:
2. Oversight and enforcement authorities or other mechanisms and resources.
EPA’s goal in funding activities under this element is to have state and tribal response programs that include oversight and enforcement authorities, or other mechanisms, and resources that are adequate to ensure that:
- A response action will protect human health and the environment and be conducted in accordance with applicable federal and state law; and the necessary response activities are completed if the person conducting the response activities fails to complete the necessary response activities (this includes operation and maintenance or long-term monitoring activities).
3. Mechanisms and resources to provide meaningful opportunities for public participation.
- EPA’s goal in funding activities under this element is to have states and tribes include in their response program mechanisms and resources for public participation, including, at a minimum:
- Public access to documents and related materials that a state, tribe, or party conducting the cleanup is relying on or developing in making cleanup decisions or conducting site activities; Prior notice and opportunity for public comment on cleanup plans and site activity; and a mechanism by which a person who is, or may be, affected by a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant at a Brownfields site—located in the community in which the person works or resides—may request that a site assessment be conducted. The appropriate state or tribal official must consider this request and appropriately respond.
To view a list of currently identified potential brownfield sites, please see the Public Record.
How to Help your Community
There are several ways that Tribal Citizens can help our Tribal community. Do you have knowledge of historical sites that are now closed? For example, industrial sites, factories, gas stations, etc. Do you suspect that a site near your residence could be contaminated? Are you aware of older abandoned buildings within the reservation boundary?
If you suspect a brownfield within the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians’ reservation area, please contact the LTBB Environmental Services Program office.
For more information on the Environmental Services Program and the Brownfields Program at LTBB, visit the LTBB website at www.ltbbodawa-nsn.gov and find us through the Natural Resources Program link or contact Traven Michaels, Environmental Response Specialist at 231-242-1573 or by email at TMichaels@LTBBODAWA-NSN.GOV.