The City of Tacoma will receive $300,000 in EPA Brownfields grant funding to provide job training to assess, manage and clean up solid and hazardous waste sites.

Celebrating their fifth EPA financed job training program, the city and its partners boast a 75 percent placement rate for its graduates at an average wage of $13.74.
Brownfields was originally focused on training workers to transform rundown, largely urban, industrial real estate eyesores into revitalized, productive properties. Recently the program has expanded to provide workers job training to assess, manage and clean up a broader universe of contaminated sites in a variety of venues.

The city and Clover Park Technical College plan to train 90 students with the latest grant and expect to place a minimum of 65 graduates in environmental jobs. Trainees will receive certifications in 40-hour hazardous waste operations and emergency response, industrial spill response, lead and asbestos abatement, and Operational Safety and Health Administration construction readiness.

Participants also will receive instruction in one of three tracks focused on life-cycle assessment, wastewater treatment apprenticeship, or green site remediation.