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  • 11 May 2020 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    More brownfield projects getting off the ground in Boston area with support of state level funding. This project is 44 acres with plans for almost 700 housing units. @JosephKriesberg is the contact for more information.

    Massachusett's Governor Charlie Baker, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, and MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss joined City of Boston Chief of Housing and Neighborhood Development Sheila Dillon, Brownfields Advisory Group Chair and President and CEO of MACDC Joe Kriesberg, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) Executive Director Richard Thal, and state and local officials to announce over $2.6 million in Brownfields Redevelopment Fund awards to support the environmental assessment and cleanup of 16 contaminated and challenging sites across the Commonwealth.


  • 11 May 2020 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Reminder the NJIT municipal assistance program is taking off! This program builds on NJDEP's Community Collaborative Initiative (CCI). @njbiz @LindaLindner

    The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) board of directors on Thursday approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to establish the NJ Brownfields Center at NJIT.

    The Brownfields Center will provide a variety of technical assistance and resources to assist communities in the state with the process of transforming brownfield sites into community assets.


  • 07 May 2020 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Historic mill has a variety of contaminants from 150-year industrial use

    By Stephen Williams, Schenectady Daily Gazette (NY)

    Plans to rehabilitate the historic former Victory Mills industrial site in the village of Victory into apartments with an on-site microbrewery have advanced to the point where an environmental cleanup is under active discussion.

    The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reviewing plans for a brownfield cleanup at the old mill on Gates Avenue, which was used for various industrial purposes for more than 150 years, from 1846 until about 2000. There is known soil and groundwater contamination, but the full extent has yet to be investigated.

    For the entire article, see

  • 04 May 2020 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Creative use of state land bank to manage environmental liabilities effectively supports brownfield redevelopment in Syracuse.

    by Tim Knauss,

    The former Winkelman Co. property on Syracuse’s East Side was apparently abandoned by its owner years ago. And no one else wanted it. The potential liability for cleaning up asbestos, discarded tires or other pollution made ownership too risky.

    Now that may change.


  • 04 May 2020 3:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Steve Hoover of SGR notes the recent addition of funds to EPA loan program based on high demand.

    by Phillip E. Hoover, Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP

    The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act authorizes the EPA to make additional funds available in any year based on the demand for the funding. Due to high demand, the EPA announced last Friday that it is offering an additional $5,000,000 to recipients of its Brownfield revolving loan fund agreements in fiscal year 2020. Federal Brownfield funding contributes to the redevelopment of the underuse properties that may be contaminated by providing loans for site investigation and cleanup.

  • 27 Apr 2020 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brownfield money continues to flow from state level fund in Massachusetts.

    By Daniel Monahan, Sentinel & Enterprise

    Two important parcels of land in the city will be assessed for environmental contamination and cleaned up thanks to the city’s $87,000 share of $2.6 million in Brownfields Redevelopment Fund awards distributed this week.

    Gov. Charlie Baker announced the fund awards on Thursday. The city will be receiving $87,000 to remove old transformers from the former B.F. Brown School and to remediate a vacant 1.3-acre lot at 80 Lunenburg St.


  • 27 Apr 2020 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An informative article by Donald Smith in National Real Estate Investor covering a lot of Brownfield aspects.

    In the past decade, we’ve seen the development of new commercial real estate projects all over the country made possible by a strong economy. In many regions, there is now a short supply of properties that have a combination of a clear market, infrastructure that is already developed and environmental issues that have been resolved. If the economy keeps growing and producing companies that need large blocks of space, developers will need to be more open to the redevelopment of brownfield sites.


  • 27 Mar 2020 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Jamey Stynchula, PG, LSRP, Senior Project Manager  GEI Consultants, Inc. 

    Most construction sites require import or export of fill material. Projects in dense urban areas like the City of Philadelphia, typically have excavations that span the entire footprint of a site and leave little room for staging of soil. Therefore, it is critical to have the export/import fill material properly characterized in accordance with Pennsylvania’s regulations prior to the start of a project. This allows for direct loading in or out of a site to avoid double handling and potential schedule delays.

    Under Pennsylvania regulations a person placing solid waste onto the ground is generally required to obtain a permit under the Solid Waste Management Act (SWMA) (35 P.S. §§ 6018.101 – 6018.1003). A person is not required to obtain a permit under SWMA if the person can demonstrate that the material qualifies as clean fill in accordance with the municipal and residual waste regulations. The Management of Fill Policy (“Policy”) defines the materials that qualify as ''fill'' and provides procedures for determining whether fill is ''clean fill,'' as defined in the municipal and residual waste regulations or ''regulated fill,'' as defined in the Policy.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) implemented the Policy 2004 with some revisions in 2010. Amendments to the Policy were proposed in 2014 in response to questions and comments received over nearly a decade. These proposed amendments were published on November 10, 2018 in The Pennsylvania Bulletin (48 Pa.B. 7176). After a period of public response, which closed in January 2019, the revised Policy was published in November 2019. On January 1, 2020 the changes to the Policy went into effect.

    The changes impact how fill is characterized, imported, and exported from project sites under the SWMA. Some of the significant changes include the following:

    • The Policy directly references the applicable numeric limits of regulated substances from 25 Pa. Code Chapter 250 (“Act 2”) and eliminate Tables FP-1a (organic constituents) and FP-1b (metals and inorganic constituents) from the Policy. Future revisions to the numeric limits in Chapter 250 will be automatically updated and included in the Policy. This is significant as the Act 2 standards are now revised roughly every three years and several of the standards for compounds are orders of magnitude lower than the previous Clean Fill Criteria.
    • The requirement that Historic Fill be treated as regulated fill has been relaxed. Historic Fill may now be considered clean fill if it meets certain criteria (i.e., free of coal ash and slag). This may help reduce soil disposal costs significantly at some sites, especially in urban areas where historic fill is common.
    • Procedures for making a fill determination have been updated to clearly identify the steps necessary to perform environmental due diligence. This will include clarifications to the procedures for performing analytical testing, if required. Guidance on developing a sampling plan that meets the data quality objectives required by the PADEP is proposed and include sampling instructions and protocol for fill contained in piles and fill that is sampled in-situ.
    • Updates to the requirements for filing forms and obtaining required approvals prior to transporting fill from one site to another are provided. A Section G in Appendix A provides a mechanism for demonstrating that an observed exceedance of a numeric limit is due to background at the donor site.
    • In some cases, investigations of a receiving site may be required to ensure that no new regulated substances are placed on the receiving site other than those that are already determined to be present and that the concentrations of regulated substances in the donor fill have been compared to the concentration of the same regulated substances at the receiving site.

    The changes to the Policy have the potential to impact project budgets and schedules. To avoid project delays and cost overruns, early communication between the design engineer and the environmental consultant is a good idea.  Sites typically have a Phase I ESA that can support due diligence under the Policy.  Most Phase I ESAs trigger a Phase II ESA, in which environmental soil samples are collected and analyzed. Many times, this information isn’t communicated to the whole project team.  Having a fill determination under the Policy in the early stages of a project is important so cost considerations can be accounted for in the project design and a plan can be developed for implementing the Policy.  If you are a contractor bidding the project be sure to ask questions so that your bid reflects costs and scheduling to meet the regulatory requirements.

    The revised technical guidance document is available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at Response to public questions and comments have also been posted to PADEP’s webite. Developers, contractors, engineers, and consultants will need to be vigilant in the future to keep pace with the Policy changes.

  • 29 Aug 2019 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Steve Dwyer 

    Officials in Plainfield, Conn. are being schooled. And as they are, they’re hoping that the guidance leads to the creation of a local land bank and subsequent redevelopment of a long-abandoned mill property in the community.

    Officials are using a compelling report to attract both cleanup money and developers to what’s currently a “burned-out” site. The community of Plainfield this summer was busy assessing how to best proceed with an environmental cleanup game plan at the former InterRoyal Mill property, with the assistance of a university-sponsored report dubbed the “Summary of Existing Environmental Conditions and Remedial Suggestions.” 

    Compiled by students and staff at the University of Connecticut’s geo-environmental engineering course—part of the brownfield assessment initiative—the draft was rich with new examinations of the InterRoyal Mill property, with UConn assessments combined with previously reported data from a 2016 assessment conducted by a separate party. 

    BCONE members know well how the university located in Storrs has made a strong commitment to best-practices brownfields: Witness the work conducted within UConn’s CT Brownfields Initiative (CBI) that draws in students across engineering, environmental, geology, real estate and consulting fields of study.  

    It’s this commitment that saw a team of four UConn CBI students earn the second Charlie Bartsch Brownfield Scholarship award in early 2019. The award was established by BCONE to honor the legacy of Bartsch, the renaissance brownfield specialist who passed in 2017.

    The winning team of four students had been assigned to the town of Stafford, Conn. But, the CBI work transcends what was gleaned in Stafford. CBI students also performance environmental assessment duties in the towns of Clinton, Groton and Manchester.

    Oh, and Plainfield too, which brings us back to the report summarizing the conditions at the 16-acre InterRoyal property. The document offered suggestions on remediation work recommended for potential private developers to take under advisement and then move the ball forward on an environmental cleanup plan. 

    “This is information we need to apply for more state or federal grant money,” said Plainfield First Selectwoman Cathy Tendrich. “It’s also the type of information companies ask us for when they call about developing the property.”

    The 25-page UConn summary identifies 19 “areas of concern,” or AOCs, including waste paint sludge deposits, asbestos-impregnated basement areas, stagnant reservoir pools and old petroleum tanks. Those areas were noted in previous assessments as containing contaminated soil or groundwater.

    The report pegged 10 of the AOCs for further investigation through sampling, screening and other testing. Those studies are estimated to cost roughly $70,000.

    The report found remediation work is needed in at least 11 AOCs, work which would include soil evacuation, de-watering work and reservoir filling.

    The question on how to address the InterRoyal property has been a sticking point for local leaders for years, even before a 2005 fire swept through the site. The 16.6-acre site houses a burned-out structure framed by dense overgrowth where soil and ground water has absorbed pools of caustic chemicals and whose infrastructure is riddled with asbestos, lead paint and mercury.

    ″(The site) has been subject to more than 20 environmental investigations, actions and removals of hazardous substances in the last 30 years,” the report states.

    First Selectwoman Tendrich said despite the slow pace of cleanup at the property, the town regularly fields calls from potential developers about the mill.

    According to a local news report, Tendrich and Planning & Zoning Supervisor Mary Ann Chinatti are hoping a plan to create a new “Eastern Connecticut Land Bank” will offer a clear way to come up with the $8 to $11 million cleanup price tag. “Under that plan, the nonprofit land bank would essentially take over the property listing and solicit private and foundation donations and grants for remediation,” Chinatti said. “Once the property is cleaned, it can come back to us or to developers.”

    The proposed land bank needs to clear several hurdles before it’s created, the local news report states. “For something like this, that covers brownfields across Eastern Connecticut, you need, among other things, an IRS authorization, letters of support from two local municipalities and be designated a 501c3 nonprofit,” Chinatti said. “And it needs to be certified from the Department of Economic Community Development.”

    Chinatti said forming such a land bank doesn’t preclude a private entity from coming in first and developing the property independently. “Once that mill property is developed, that leads to downtown revitalization,” she said.

    Donate to the Charlie Bartsch Brownfield Scholarship Fund

  • 22 Jul 2019 5:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Sam Bojarski, Sewickley Herald (PA)

    An advisory council composed of regional stakeholders are meeting to determine the future of the former Shenango Coke Works on Neville Island. Operations ceased on the 50-acre development in early 2016.

    With the help of grant funding, the nonprofit Delta Institute is facilitating the Shenango Reimagined Advisory Council. The volunteer body consists of local leaders who will craft guiding principles and use public input to guide future use of the brownfield site. The property is currently owned by DTE Energy.

    For the entire article, see

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