• 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


May 2004

Community, Tribes and States Working Together to Inventory
Community, Tribes and States Working Together to Inventory

In today’s world having accurate and current information is like having the key to unlock the door to economic opportunity. Understanding this concept, communities and tribes are developing brownfield site inventories to enhance their economic development potential and establish a core for healthy community revitalization and smart growth. In addition,…Read more

Environmental Risk and the   Buyer-Seller   “GAP&#8221
Environmental Risk and the Buyer-Seller “GAP”

Over the last three years, brownfield transactions have, in many cases, evolved toward more-traditional real estate deals. Except at the worst contaminated sites (particularly CERCLA NPL sites and certain RCRA-regulated facilities), environmental risks are increasingly being treated as a “cost of doing business” rather than as deal breakers.To be certain,…Read more

It’s Time to Put 25 Years of Lessons Learned to Productive Use

For more than 25 years the remediation consulting and contracting industry has been providing services using time-and-materials contracting as a means to manage the risks associated with the uncertainties of contaminant behavior and diverse underground conditions of impaired properties. This was a normal learning process, in which the cost of…Read more

Leveling the Playing Field for Brownfields — An Owner's Perspective

I attended the EPA Brownfield Conference in Portland, Oregon. Over 4,000 people were in attendance, or roughly four times the number who participated in the initial EPA brownfield conference held in Pittsburgh in 1996. I suppose one could conclude that Portland’s location is a better draw, but that would not…Read more

Feature Focus
Who Is the Voice of Brownfields?

On March 9, 2004, Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) announced his plans to introduce legislation that would permit state development agencies to award federal tax credits of up to 50 percent of remediation and demolition costs at brownfield sites. If passed—and there is a big question mark as to whether any…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Industry Watch

Canadian Brownfield Budget The Canadian federal budget was presented to Parliament in Ottawa on March 23rd and contained little of real substance for brownfields, other than those under federal ownership. There were two pronouncements affecting brownfields: 1. The commitment to spend $3.5 billion (U.S. $2.67) over the next 10 years…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
The Technology of Institutional Controls

Institutional controls for brownfields relate to a concept that has evolved during the last ten years, and continues to change. This evolution started soon after risk-based closure concepts found their way into state voluntary cleanup programs. Risk-based closures result in exit strategies for site cleanup that protect human health and…Read more

Reuse and RCRA: Coming Together at EPA

When the EPA’s Brownfields Program was in its early stages over a decade ago, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action Program (RCRA program) was maturing. RCRA had come a long way, from a lengthy, detailed law to a full-fledged, primarily state-implemented program that operated to protect human health…Read more

What the Industry About Restoring RCRA

We asked a number of people who are knowledgeable about brownfield redevelopment to provide their comments on the article written by Allison Evans and Sue Rasmussen concerning Reuse and RCRA. Karl S. Bourdeau, Esq., Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Washington, D.C. As it has with respect to other contaminated sites, the…Read more

Regional Report
Building on Michigan’s Brownfield Laws

For nearly a decade, companies already doing business in Michigan have been able to turn to the well-established body of brownfield incentives. These incentives continue to grow and now offer companies and individuals a greater opportunity to have a share of their development costs reduced through several changes to the…Read more

Regional Report
Improving Assistance to Redevelop Rural Brownfields

Historically, federal funding for brownfield redevelopment has been awarded to urban communities, despite the fact that small and rural communities are eligible. To help develop interest in brownfield redevelopment, interactive workshops were offered to small and rural communities in Kansas. The workshops provided participants an opportunity to learn how to…Read more

Regional Report
New Hoosier Tax Break

Indiana taxpayers remediating a brownfield site in the state may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Voluntary Remediation Tax Credit (VRTC), a brownfield redevelopment tool administered by the Indiana Development Finance Authority (IDFA), in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The new VRTC is available to…Read more

Regional Report
Reseeding the Turf

It’s easy to take state-level brownfields reform efforts for granted. Inside the Beltway and elsewhere, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002 and EPA brownfields programs often monopolize conversations about government’s role in the redevelopment of contaminated properties. The specter of federal liability that the 2002…Read more

Regional Report
Risk-Based MOA for Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has been negotiating a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the Iowa Land Recycling Program’s risk based and site specific standards.  With the MOA the EPA will agree not to take action at sites enrolled in the Iowa…Read more

Regional Report
Students’ Use of Bamboo Skewers Remediation

Three graduate students from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs thought that fast-growing bamboo might be a solution to soil contamination. Their work won encouragement when they took the top spot in an environmental design contest. The UIC team, Spaceship Earth, was cheered…Read more

Regional Report
Tax Credit Process Moved to MEDC

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced changes in Michigan’s brownfield redevelopment program. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will now administer all brownfield Single Business Tax credits. The change allows greater coordination of brownfield credits with other economic development efforts. Previously, the MEDC had authority only in brownfield projects with more…Read more

Regional Report
Three Detroit Sites Attract $55 Million in Private Investment

Mich. Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm announced that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has granted brownfield tax credits to assist three redevelopment projects in the city of Detroit. The projects are expected to generate $55 million in private investment and create as many as 476 new jobs. VITEC, a Tier…Read more

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