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February 2006

Short Shorts
 
Brownfield Briefs
Short Shorts

Susan Bodine Confirmed Susan P. Bodine has been confirmed to be the Assistant Administrator of the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER). She was nominated by President Bush in the summer of 2005. Her new responsibilities began January 3, 2006. The EPA brownfields program is housed under…Read more

Survey Finds Americans Oppose Development
 
Brownfield Briefs
Survey Finds Americans Oppose Development

Americans are twice as likely to oppose new real estate development projects as support them and they will use the political process to protect their neighborhoods from unwanted development, according to The Saint Index©, a nationwide poll on land-use issues. “Rather than seeing growth and development as the time-honored stimulus…Read more

U.S. Legislative Update
 
Brownfield Briefs
U.S. Legislative Update

Recently, a number of brownfield-related initiatives have been introduced in Congress. In December, 2005, there wassignificant action on a number of bills, including: Brownfield cleanup tax expensing: Legislation has been introduced in the House (HR 877) by Reps. Weller (R-IL), Becerra (D-CA), and Johnson (R-CT); and Senate (S398) by Sens. Santorum…Read more


 
Community Outreach
The Numbers Don’t Tell the Story

A brownfield redevelopment project is completed. It makes the headlines in the local papers. The stories concerning the project report on the most visible project elements — community support and involvement, the local champions, thefederal and state funding received and the many environmental and economic benefits the redevelopment will bring.…Read more

 
Environmental
Liability Relief — A Corporate Perspective

How do you spell “relief”?  Sounds like an old antacid commercial, which is perhaps very appropriate given the propensity for overeating around the holidays.  Even though you are perusing this article after the holiday fests have wound down, you may want to reserve an extra tablet or two before putting…Read more

 
Environmental
The Unknown Complainer

Because I’ve been working for a state regulatory agency in the brownfield world for a while, one might think I’ve heard every permutation of every question that could be asked. While I understand the private sector is in business to make money, I don’t understand why they think they can…Read more

 
Feature Focus
Q&A with New EPA Brownfield Director

Lloyd's previous positions with the U.S. EPA and in the private sector gave him extensive real estate experience. David Lloyd took over as Deputy Director, Office of Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment at the U.S. EPA upon Linda Garczynski’s retirement on January 3. Lloyd worked alongside Garczynski through December 2005. Lloyd…Read more


 
Guest Op / Ed
Winning Back Lost Opportunity Using Eminent Domain

The time has come to get serious about stimulating growth across our nation. And we can begin by recognizing, targeting and cleaning up the more than half-million brownfields across America that when left alone, only frustrate the plans and hopes of our communities and neighborhoods. Brownfields represent lost economic opportunity…Read more

 
Industrial Redevelopment
A Charlie Brownfield Post-Holiday Wish List

As I flew from Cleveland to Chicago in late October for the annual meeting of the Brownfield News editorial board, I had a feeling I was in trouble. My flight was delayed by heavy rain in the Midwest. I arrived both a little late and a little soggy to the…Read more

 
Point/Counterpoint
AAI Indeed for Inquiring Minds

“For Inquiring Minds” could be the subtitle for the new All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) regulations recently released by the EPA. AAI will effect all commercial property transactions beginning November 1, 2006. Because the regulations contain no new notification language, these standards are useful only to those needing to know and…Read more

 
Point/Counterpoint
AAI Raising the Bar

Now that the AAI rule has been published, the question is, what do we think about it? Do we like it? Will it contribute to EPA’s goal of encouraging the cleanup, redevelopment and sale of brownfields? Our views on AAI depend upon our vantage point. Armed with a new and…Read more


 
Point/Counterpoint
AAI: A Small Beacon in the Fog of Brownfields

One of the most anticipated follow-ups to the brownfield amendments has been EPA’s AAI rule. It would appear that the rule meets the purpose of defining what an “all appropriate inquiry” should consist of to establish protection fromfederal Superfund liability for bona fide prospective purchasers, innocent landowners and contiguous property…Read more

 
Point/Counterpoint
POINT: For Inquiring Minds

Answers to Your AAI Questions What is all appropriate inquiries (AAI)? It is the process of evaluating a property’s environmental conditions and assessing potential liability for any contamination. It is a form of environmental due diligence and is similar to a Phase I environmental site assessment. Why should I care?…Read more

 
Regional Report
Canadian Report

Ontario Names Brownfield Co-ordinator Marcia Wallace was recently appointed Brownfields Co-ordinator for the Province of Ontario by Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing John Gerretsen. The new position of brownfield coordinator was created to provide a single point of access on brownfield issues and to coordinate provincial ministerial brownfields activities.…Read more

 
Regional Report
Eastern Report: Initiative To Clean Up 92 Pennsylvania Sites

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell recently announced the cleanup of 92 contaminated properties. The cleanup, which will take place over the next three years, involves underground storage tanks at locations in 23 counties throughout Pennsylvania. The state will be working with Motiva Enterprises LLC, Jiffy Lube International Inc. and Pennzoil-Quaker…Read more


 
Regional Report
Eastern Report: New Jersey Expands Brownfield Funding

HDSRF Now More Widely Available The Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF), New Jersey’s long-standing source for brownfield loans and grants, was expanded through new legislation signed on September 15, 2005. Major changes to the fund include the expansion of eligible applicants for funding; the relaxation of ownership requirements to…Read more

 
Regional Report
Midwestern Report: Michigan Project Wins Award

On January 27, 2006, Pete Strom, Chairman of the Grand Traverse County Brownfield Authority, presented “The Community Revitalization Award” to the owners of the Copper Ridge development: Connie and Rick Deneweth, Ron Deneweth and Dennis Fedorinchik. The award recognizes Copper Ridge as one of the first successfully completed brownfield redevelopment…Read more

 
Regional Report
Midwestern Report: Midwest Brownfield Briefs

Four Wisconsin Brownfield-Related Bills Introduced Wisconsin state Senator Carol Roessler has released a brownfields bill package, LRB 3740/1, with four brownfield-related provisions. Brownfields have cost Wisconsin an estimated $100 million in lost property tax revenues. The new bills, which would not raise taxes or fees, contain four provisions that have…Read more

 
Regional Report
Southern Report

Superfund Sites in Hurricane’s Path Tested As was reported in the December issue of Brownfield News, the areas affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita comprise one of the most environmentally hazardous regions in the United States. The U.S. EPA is the lead agency for hazardous cleanup and part of its…Read more


 
Regional Report
Western Report

Ceremony Marks End of Soil Cleanup at Tucson Site Tucson Mayor Robert Walkup and U.S. EPA Waste Management Director Jeff Scott officially marked the completion of the cleanup of petroleum soil contamination at a downtown Tucson, Arizona site by shutting off the environmental cleanup system in a Decemberceremony at the…Read more

 
Technology
We Can Do Betterat Managing Land Use Controls

Some towns require that engineered barriers, such as this application of LIQUID BOOT® at a Cambridge, Massachusetts, development, be recorded in their tracking systems. Here’s the issue: Who is responsible for tracking, maintaining, and verifying the long-term presence of land use controls (LUCs)? There are implied obligations for the key…Read more


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