Brownfields Program

Mary Jane Gourneau, Brownfields Coordinator

The LBST-EPO's Brownfields Mission Statement:
The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Environmental Protection Office's Brownfields Program main mission is to prevent, assess safely clean up and reuse Brownfields sites in a manner that reflects the Tribe's cultural responsibilities.

What are Brownfields?
Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.

Typical contaminants found in the soil, subsurface and groundwater in and around a Brownfields site may include but not limited to the following contaminants: solvents, pesticides, heavy metals petroleum products, diesel fuel, gasoline and asbestos.

Where are Brownfields sites usually found?
A Brownfield Site can be found almost anywhere.  Sites may include the gas stations, underground storage tanks (UST's), methamphetamine labs, abandoned buildings, open dumps, and old landfills.

What does the LBST Brownfields Program provide the Lower Brule community?
Through funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Office our Brownfields Program is able to provide financial and technical assistance to the Lower Brule community for Brownfields activities based on four main elements:
        1. The timely survey and inventory of Brownfields sites
        2. Oversite and Enforcement Activities
        3. Providing meaningful opportunities for "public participation"
        4. Providing a mechanism for approval of a cleanup plan and verification and certification that
            the cleanup is complete

Brownfields Inventory List (as of September, 2014)
Sites within the Lower Brule:
        1. Rodeo Dump
        2. Kids Pond
        3. West Brule Dump
        4. BIA Administration Building (competed)
        5. Former BIA Jail (competed)
        6. "Sioux Boys ", Underground Storage Tanks, UST's
        7. The Old LBST Housing Office (phase II)
        8. Old Transfer Station for municipal solid waste
        9. Old Diabetic/Boxing Club Building (Burned down 1-26-13)
        10. Lagoon Rubble Site/across from Brule Hills Trading Post                                                               11. Old Shooting Range                                                                                                                   12. Old Boys & Girls Club

Sites located outside of the city limit
13. Durkin Dump
14. Durkin Curve House                                                                                                                 15. Thompson Site/Fort Hale Bottom


If you would like to report a potential Brownfields site or have someone come check out a location that you think may qualify as a Brownfields site, please contact Mary Jane Gourneau @ 473-8056/473-0163

U.S. EPA Region 8 Brownfields homepage
State of South Dakota's Brownfields Program homepage

U.S. EPA Region 8 Basic Information web page

Region 8 Tribal Brownfields Programs
Ute Mountain Ute
Southern Ute
Northern Cheyenne
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Confederated Salish & Kootenia Tribes
Spirit Lake
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

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