• 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 2002

Case Study
Small Parcels, Complex Deals: St. Louis’ Approach to Redevelopment

Background: St. Louis is not unlike any other former industrial city of the country—though it is older than some since it is set on the Mississippi River and was inhabited over 200 years ago. As in most cities people in St. Louis commuted into the city well enough until business…Read more

Accepting Electrons for Cleanup
Accepting Electrons for Cleanup

One method of groundwater cleanup involves manipulating the balance of electron acceptors (oxygen) and electron donors (hydrogen) in groundwater. This method recruits or enhances naturally occurring subsurface microbes in a series of metabolic and enzymatic reactions that can degrade a wide range of contaminants, from petroleum-based hydrocarbons and fuel oxygenates…Read more

Bridging the Gap

Thoughts on Environmental Accounting Environmental accounting in the early1990s was a footnote on the year-end report. Interpretation and implementation of environmental legislation over the past decade has changed the landscape of financial reporting. The former environmental footnote has now become an integral part of financial reports. Full disclosures of real…Read more

Market Measures

The Brownfield Supply Index is an average of the daily closing stock prices of a wide range of publicly-traded companies that own a large number of industrial properties multiplied by 100. The BSI tracks the stock price of publicly traded companies with established brownfield programs. …Read more

Private Sector Advances

Canadian brownfield policy is still evolving and the market for redeveloping brownfield properties is currently being driven by a handful of companies and private sector entrepreneurs who are willing to take the risk and share the reward of tackling these complex transactions. The focus of this column is on Jannock…Read more

Risk Avoidance

Welcome to Washington—the most dangerous city in the United States. Over the past year we have experienced the terror of September 11, with an airplane crashing into the Pentagon and one headed towards the Capitol before it was forced down in Pennsylvania. We have suffered a rash of anthrax-contaminated letters…Read more

Using the big Picture to Accelerate Redevelopment

As more and more large brownfield redevelopment projects are completed, the fear of costly and time-consuming environmental cleanup on small parcels within those brownfield areas can discourage redevelopment. This is particularly true when remediation is complicated by groundwater contaminant plumes that cross the boundaries of several parcels. Conversely, clean sites…Read more

Exclusive Brownfield News Interviews
Passion in the Public Sector

Talking Brownfields with Marianne HorinkoPushing the EPA’s Revitalization Effort Marianne Horinko rejoined the EPA as assistant administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response in 2001. She had previously worked at the EPA during the first Bush administration as attorney advisor to Don Clay, EPA's assistant administrator for…Read more

In the News

Brownfield News Analysis: With 48 states having established some level of voluntary cleanup program, states continue to lead the brownfield issue. This column will track the policy changes that are taking place in the country. With gubernatorial races in 36 states, expect personnel changes and re-evaluation of environmental priorities to…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
City & State News

Habitat for Brownfields Inspired by the redevelopment model created by the pilot partners in the Twin Cities, EPA headquarters has forged a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International. EPA Administrator Christie Whitman signed a memorandum of understanding with Habitat International to bring property-assessment capability to Habitat affiliates in San Francisco,…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Company News

Mortgage Bankers Insurance Policy The Mortgage Bankers Association announced the formation of a task force on the use of environmental insurance for commercial real estate loans to provide standards for its members. The task force aims to educate association members on the types of environmental insurance policies prevalent in the…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Federal News

$5 Million Accelerates Cleanup The Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and state of Texas officials, signed a letter of intent to accelerate cleanup at the Cold War-era Pantex plant in Amarillo, Texas. Under the plan, cleanup is scheduled to be done by 2008. The agreement was…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
People in the News

Architect Kerry Jones has joined NTH Consultants. The 25-year veteran will specialize in reusing and decommissioning facilities in the firm’s Exton, Pa office....Ill.- and Ind.-based environmental consulting firm Krikau, Pyles, Rysiewicz & Associates, Inc. announced that Richard R. Gnat has joined as a principal in a new office in Brookfield,…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Tech Corner

Three Legged Stool Columbia Technologies has developed an approach to help implement the EPA triad approach to cleanup. The company’s software package provides “same day” processing and imaging of the subsurface. The triad approach recognizes that traditional methods of soil and groundwater assessment have historically placed too much emphasis on…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Tieing up the Threads—The Pieces of Textile Manufacturing

Spinning Turning fibers into thread or yarn has relatively low environmental impacts—most wastes are the fibers themselves, or cuttings. Like most parts of the textile industry, the spinning process is made up of many other steps and these operations may use hazardous chemicals. Buhler Yarns Photo Louis Pannel These can…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Unraveling the Textile Industry

Making textiles is one of humanity’s oldest industries and inexpensive foreign labor has caused many U.S. manufactures to move offshore leaving many mills and factories shuttered, underused or abandoned. While often having limited environmental problems, these brownfield properties present special redevelopment challenges due to the specific functionality of the buildings…Read more

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