Utah State University was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the the former Bushnell Army Hospital which was later converted into the Intermountain Indian School. The grant, part of the EPA’s Brownfields Program, empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.
According to the EPA, a brownfield site is 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. In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfields sites.
Under this law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants. In this case, the grant has been awarded to USU to assist in the clean up of the old college located between 200-400 East and 950-1000 South in Brigham City. The site served as a hospital from 1942 to 1947 and as a school for Native American children from 1950 to 1984. The seven buildings targeted for cleanup are contaminated with inorganic contaminants.