Groundbreaking cleanup allows public viewing of USS Hoga
Pulaski County utilized its Brownfield program to solve critical environmental problems that hindered the restoration of the USS Hoga (YT-146) by providing the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum with a nearly $185,000 in EPA Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Subgrant.
The subgrant was used to complete the required environmental investigation, risk management and site cleanup prior to opening the national landmark to the public.
This groundbreaking project is the first and only ship to be accepted into the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield program.
Local government partners are the Office of Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde, Pulaski County Brownfields, Pulaski County Brownfield RLF Committee, Office of North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and North Little Rock Parks and Recreation.
State of Arkansas partners are Arkansas Department of Heritage and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Federal partners on this project include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Navy Department, and U.S. Department of Interior.
The site manager and risk management company, Harbor Environmental, oversaw cleanup; FTN Associates conducted the environmental investigation; and Snyder Environmental conducted site cleanup.