• Rockford, Ill.: Modernizing a Century–Old Community Landmark

  • RE3 Focus: Pennoni On Leading Edge of Sub-Slab Depressurization

  • Using GIS To Decipher Large-Scale Remediation Projects

  • Right Place, Right Time


December 2005

Momentum for UECA Continues
Brownfield Briefs
Momentum for UECA Continues

The Uniform Environmental Covenants Act (UECA) is a uniform law that was approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) in 2003. UECA establishes requirements for a new valid real estate document — an “environmental covenant” — to control the future use of brownfields when real…Read more

Senators Urge EPA to Act on TCE
Brownfield Briefs
Senators Urge EPA to Act on TCE

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton sent a letter to the U.S. EPA on October 5, 2005, calling on the agency to issue a health-protective “interim standard” for trichloroethylene (TCE) vapor intrusion. Endicott, Hopewell Junction and Ithaca, New York, are known to be contaminated with volatile organic compounds where TCE is also…Read more

Supreme Court Update
Brownfield Briefs
Supreme Court Update

Investment Tax Credit Case to Be Heard Cuno v. DaimlerChrysler was granted an allotted one hour of hearing time on the upcoming 2006 Supreme Court calendar. At issue is a ruling that Ohio’s investment tax credit ran afoul of the U.S. commerce clause by discriminating against interstate economic activity. The…Read more

Does Size Really Matter?

Analyzing brownfield deals over the past five years, one trend has become very obvious — size matters when it comes to brownfield transactions. While there are a number of deals that substantiate this trend, a few examples immediately come to mind with total investment based on complete build-out estimated to…Read more

Editor's Letter
Letters to the Editor

Thank You Brownfield News I have had an opportunity to review the October cover story and the responses for a second time and want to thank each of the editorial board members for your helpful insights. This has been a difficult site for us for several years, and your ideas…Read more

The Mother of the Bride

An Interview with EPA’S Linda Garczynski Linda Garczynski is retiring at the end of 2005 after logging almost 30 years with the federal government and more than 10 years at the helm of the EPA brownfields program. She stopped to reflect with Brownfield News about her career and brownfields.  Read more

Where Are We Headed?

An Interview with ICMA’s Bob O’Neill Brownfields have come a long way since the first national brownfields conference. Brownfield News asked Bob O’Neill, executive director of ICMA, to answer questions about where we have been and where we are going. Where do brownfields fit in with the priorities of ICMA…Read more

Feature Focus
BRAC: What’s Different This Time?

The current round of military base closures is now in progress, and the brownfield developers and professionals are scrambling for position to take advantage of the opportunities presented as thousands of contaminated acres are presented for redevelopment. On September 15, the president forwarded the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission’s…Read more

Feature Focus
Down in the Dumps? Redevelop!

Property formerly used as landfills or dumps is increasingly being redeveloped. Public interest in making new uses for these properties is forcing the issue of landfill reuse into prominence. When, where, how, and in some cases, if, such redevelopment should be pursued are questions being considered by property owners, developers…Read more

Feature Focus
U.S. EPA and the German

The cleanup and revitalization of brownfield properties is a global concern that requires integrated approaches to mitigate the risk posed to human health and the environment. As demonstrated at the Concerted Action on Brownfield and Economic Regeneration Network (CABERNET) Conference that was held in Belfast, Ireland, in April 2005, many…Read more

Guest Op / Ed
Consider Alternate Cleanup Standards

“Health-based” cleanup standards published by the states can be very conservative and costly to achieve. However, the good news for property owners is that there are tremendous opportunities available today to use good risk assessment science to improve the process and save millions of dollars in remediation costs, while ensuring…Read more

Insurance Focus
Winds of Change

This fall, we again witnessed enormous destruction in the U.S. that can only be compared to the attacks of September 11th. Again, a single event claiming many lives will result in huge losses for insurance carriers. Katrina’s arrival not only brought wind and water to the Gulf Coast, it unleashed…Read more

Think of Swans

Marie Curie, the first woman to ever win a Nobel Prize, once commented, “One never notices what has been done. One can only see what remains to be done.” In many ways, progress on brownfield redevelopment can be viewed much the same way. Even for the glass-is-half-full optimistic types, the…Read more

Policy Trends From the top Down

The year 2005 has proven to be an active one in terms of brownfield policy. Members of Congress have moved forward with proposals to refine existing programs and make them better fit the realities of brownfield redevelopment. States and local governments continue to innovate, laying out programs and policies to…Read more

Regional Report
Canadian Report

New Brownfield Remediation Funding Opportunity In the 2005 budget, the Government of Canada contributed an additional $300 million to the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), $150 million of which is targeted to brownfield remediation. This allocation is a long-term source of funding intended to assist municipal governments through grants and loans.…Read more

Regional Report
Eastern Report

Neighborhood Renewal Project Qualifies for BAT An ambitious redevelopment project in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Allison Hill section has qualified for brownfield action team (BAT) assistance to hasten cleanup and redevelopment of this vibrant city community. The project will enhance recreational opportunities for residents, especially young people, and create as many as…Read more

Regional Report
Eastern Report - Liability Relief: a Comparison

Voluntary cleanup programs reward cleanup volunteers with a covenant not to sue or similar form of liability protection. This protection is usually transferable to subsequent purchasers. In some states (e.g., Connecticut), responsible parties cannot participate. In others (e.g., Pennsylvania), they can participate as fully as a volunteer. And, in still…Read more

Regional Report
Midwestern Report - Boat Tours and Other Amazing Events

Help us help you succeed in the brownfield market. The N BA is looking for members who care about the responsible redevelopment of brownfields and want to be involved in advancing themarket. Sample what the N BA has to offer at an event near you. October 28 Providence, R.I. Fall…Read more

Regional Report
San Diego Project Receives Phoenix Award

The PETCO Park and East Village revitalization project recently received a Phoenix Award for its positive affect on a formerly neglected area of San Diego. The project was a collaboration between the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC), Opper & Varco LLP, SCS Engineers (SCS) doing business as Environmental Business Solutions…Read more

Regional Report
Southern Report - Hurricane Alley

As the floodwaters from hurricanes Rita and Katrina receded, help poured in. Following is a sampling of disaster-related news sent to Brownfield News. Historic Preservation Campaign Launched The National Trust for Historic Preservation is launching a major campaign to help ensure the preservation of historic buildings, neighborhoods and communities in…Read more

Regional Report
Southern Report - The New, Greener Big Easy?

A Brownfields Proposal for an Urban Catastrophe Even before the floodwaters receded and the people were rescued, it became apparent that recovery from Hurricane Katrina will take more than the hundreds of billions of dollars that will be required to rebuild stricken areas. The tidal surge and rain, coupled with…Read more

Regional Report
The Next Chapter for Dahlia Square

Almost from its beginnings as a city in the mid-1800s, Denver was built for permanence in brick and stone. Unlike many early Colorado towns that were built using predominantly wood frame construction that easily succumbed to fire, Denver took advantage of the abundance of clay underlying the city to use…Read more

The Future of Performance Based Contracting

Nearly everybody likes the idea of performance based contracting (PBC) — the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), industry, developers, consultants and many regulators. The idea is to step beyond a plodding, prescriptive, formal approach to cleaning up a site (e.g., Superfund or RCRA) to a cleanup approach based on well-defined…Read more

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