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  • 07 Jul 2017 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New developer eyes Arbors of Cottagedale Apartments project

    by Maddy Lauria, Cape Gazette (DE)

    A 168-unit apartment complex off Plantation Road that would offer affordable housing in the Lewes area is facing more delays as a new developer eyes the project.

    The Arbors of Cottagedale Apartments, originally approved with a conditional use by Sussex County officials in 2009, is slated to be built on a current brownfield site. The current owner, CB Lewes LLC, plans to sell the site to a new developer, thus requiring a new brownfield development agreement with the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said DNREC Site Investigation and Restoration Administrator Tim Ratsep.

    For the entire article, see

  • 23 May 2017 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Tom Johnson

    Budget proposal shifts $6 million from Global Warming Solutions Fund to general budget to help restore contaminated sites

    The Christie administration is putting cleaning up contaminated brownfields ahead of trying to ease climate change in its current budget proposal.

    In language in the fiscal year 2018 budget, the administration is shifting $6 million in unexpended funds in the Global Warming Solutions Fund to the general budget to provide assistance to developers seeking to return contaminated sites to productive use.

    It is not the first, nor probably the last time clean energy funds have been diverted by the administration. Since its inception, it has shifted approximately $1.5 billion in such funds to other purposes, largely to close holes in the state budget. Just last week, the administration announced it was dipping into the state’s Clean Energy Fund, yet again, this time to the tune of $50 million to cover a shortfall in this year’s spending plan, which ends June 30.

    The latest budgetary diversion is being done to provide aid to projects that will clean up contaminated brownfields, vacant lands that developers plan to convert to economic uses.

    The brownfields program is a two-decade old law that provides tax-increment financing to reimburse developer for up to 75 percent of the cost of cleaning up hazardous wastes on abandoned or underused industrial or commercial properties. It used to be funded by a portion of the corporate business tax, but that money is now being used to preserve open spaces and farmland, another indication of shifting priorities in developing an annual state budget.

    The Global Warming Solutions Fund was financed by a tax on power plants that emitted pollution contributing to climate change under a multistate effort known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

    Gov. Chris Christie pulled New Jersey out of the program in 2011, calling it a tax on utility customers. Prior to pulling out, New Jersey had received $113 million from the program for various clean-energy initiatives, but some of the money was never spent. Most of the money never went to its intended purposes, however, according to the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services.

    If lawmakers get their way, New Jersey will rejoin RGGI under a bill (A-4701) that cleared the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Thursday. The legislation, opposed by business lobbyists for potentially increasing energy costs, is unlikely to be signed by the Republican governor, who has blocked efforts to rejoin the initiative in the past.

    The measure enjoys broad support from Democratic lawmakers, clean-energy advocates, and environmentalists, however, who hope to see it enacted by a new governor early next year.

    New Jersey has set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. In a report put out by the state Department of Environmental Protection, the RGGI program was identified as one of the crucial components of achieving that goal.

  • 12 May 2017 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 4, 2017, NJSWEP and BCONE Co-Hosted the annual NJDEP Regulatory Update. The event is well-attended each year and presenters provide up-to-date information on the current regulatory environment at the NJDEP. You can view a copy of each presentation by clicking on the following links:

    Sana Qureshi, Site Remediation & Waste Management Program > SRWMP-Update-2017.pdf

    Rich Boornazian, National and History Resources > Natural-History-Resources-Update-2017.pdf

    Dave Rosenblatt, DEP Engineering and Construction > Engineering-Construction-Update-2017.pdf

    Ginger Kop'kash, Land Use Management > Land-Use-Regulatory-Update-2017.pdf

    Frank Steitz, Division of Air Quality > Air-Quality-Rule-Update-2017.pdf

    Ray Bukowski, Compliance and Enforcement > Compliance-Enforcement-Updates-2017.PDF

    Gladys Giron, Office of Communications > Social-Media-Update-2017.pdf

    Dan Kennedy, Water Resource Management > Water-Resource-Mgmt-Update-2017.pdf

  • 09 May 2017 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Ross Hoffman;City Limits (NY)

    New York City is experiencing an affordable-housing crisis: working-class neighborhoods are being redeveloped into luxury apartment buildings. As a result, property values increase, leading to rising rents. The original residents of the community have two options: struggle to pay the rent or face eviction. 

    It is not a coincidence that the number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is 78 percent higher than it was ten years ago. This number is even higher if you include people sleeping on a friend’s sofa. There are over 60,000 homeless people living in New York City. 

    Many of the homeless are employed with decent jobs, such as security guards and assistant teachers, but after paying the family’s bills are unable to afford rising rents. These working-class New Yorkers end up in overcrowded and cramped homeless shelters. Since the 1980s, the city has been supplementing the shelters by placing homeless people into hotels – clearly a problem exists.

    For the entire column, see

  • 08 May 2017 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced that the Suffolk County Landbank has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to revitalize nine blighted, environmentally distressed sites in the Towns of Babylon, Brookhaven and Islip that have been tax-delinquent for an average of 16 years. This is the second time the Landbank has issued a series of RFPs with the intention of placing blighted properties back on the tax roll to improve the region’s economy and facilitate the clean-up of potentially environmentally challenged sites. Proposals are due on June 12, 2017.

    “We will use every tool in our arsenal to revitalize these neglected properties into tax-paying entities and transform each community,” said County Executive Bellone.  “I encourage anyone interested to submit their proposal to the Suffolk County Landbank as we continue to make progress is restoring promise to these locations."

    For the entire article, see

  • 01 May 2017 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Mike Despond, WBFO Public Radio (Buffalo, NY)

    If you head east on Broadway from downtown Buffalo, you won't go very far before you see a very large tract of green grass on your left. That seemingly open land near an old theater may be the eventual home of 189  housing units.

    Developers are calling it The Forge on Broadway. The name is in remembrance of the vast industrial complex once on the land. That was Buffalo Forge, a pioneer in ventilation and air conditioning and eventually sold out of town, with the building left to rot for decades before being demolished.

    For the entire article, see

  • 21 Apr 2017 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Christina Jedra, Wilmington News Journal (DE)

    Wilmington's Riverfront features restaurants, a boardwalk and a nature center, but 20 years ago it looked a lot like the weedy patch of land at 14th and Church streets today near the Brandywine River.

    "Our 'before' (picture) over there didn't look any better than this one," said Mayor Mike Purzycki standing at the site. "It was pretty forlorn."

    The Brandywine site's "after" picture is yet to be determined, but officials believe it could become an economic driver for northeast Wilmington. To further that goal, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of a $197,500 grant to Wilmington on Thursday. The money will be used to study cleanup and development options for the 14th Street site and another location at 12th Street and Governor Printz Boulevard.

    For the entire article, see

  • 19 Apr 2017 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $200,000 Brownfields area-wide planning grant today to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Harrisburg to help plan for health, environmental and economic improvements for the city’s Allison Hill section.

    “This area-wide planning approach sparks the kind of economic development that meets the needs of neighborhoods, and leads to vibrant communities,” said acting EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cecil Rodrigues, speaking at a press conference at the Hamilton Health Center. “We know that revitalization works best when local communities are directly involved in the process.”

    In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) used EPA Brownfields funds to clean up a large vacant parcel of land that was once Allison Hill Automotive where the Hamilton Hill Health Center now stands. This property is adjacent to the target area for the new Area Wide Planning grant. The cleanup consisted of removing buildings contaminated with asbestos, and underground storage tanks, as well as treating contaminated soil and groundwater. 

    With this new EPA funding, the Redevelopment Authority will collaborate with partners to plan the cleanup, as well as the revitalization, and infrastructure upgrades that are necessary for neighborhood revitalization. The partners include: PADEP; the City of Harrisburg; the Harrisburg School District; Hamilton Health Center; and, numerous community based organizations such as Tri-County Community Action, and YWCA of Greater Harrisburg.

    "Along with the City of Harrisburg, we are extremely grateful for our long list of community partners,” said Bryan Davis, Executive Director for the Redevelopment Authority. “This EPA funding is crucial to our goals of protecting the health of South Allison Hill’s families, especially the children – while simultaneously removing barriers to economic development and neighborhood improvements that enhance our quality of life.”

    Since the federal brownfields law was passed in 2001, EPA’s brownfields program has assessed and cleaned up thousands of contaminated brownfields sites, returning more than 66,000 acres of land to productive reuse nationwide. The program has created or retained more than 122,000 jobs and leveraged more than $23.7 billion in redevelopment investment in brownfields communities.

    In Pennsylvania, EPA has awarded $66 million in brownfields funding that has been used for assessing nearly 1,000 sites and cleaning up 60.

    For more information on the grant recipients:

  • 11 Apr 2017 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Michaelle Bond, Philadelphia Inquirer (PA)

    Asleep after a long day at her social-work job, Peggy Miros was jolted awake by a booming voice through a loudspeaker urging her and her neighbors to evacuate their homes.

    A cloud of toxic gas had formed when chemicals accidentally combined at the steel tube manufacturer next to her housing development in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, in the early morning hours of June 9, 1981.

    The EPA later found trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreasing agent linked to cancer, in the property's groundwater. The former Bishop Tube Co. site, which produced stainless steel tubes from the 1950s until 1999, now is host to graffitied and dilapidated buildings, shattered windows, cracked concrete, and overgrown vegetation, one of more than 450,000 contaminated “brownfields” across the nation.

    For the entire article, see
  • 05 Apr 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Katrina Courting, Danbury News-Times (CT)

    President Donald Trump has proposed sharp cuts to the federal agency that helps turn brownfields into productive properties, but Connecticut officials say that won’t keep the state from pressing forward with its own brownfield programs.

    Connecticut has about 1,000 brownfields: properties that are blighted, vacant or underutilized but ripe for cleanup and redevelopment. 

    Most brownfield efforts are undertaken by private owners or by municipalities. In Connecticut, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection oversees the regulatory components of any needed cleanup while the state Department of Economic and Community Development handles funding and redevelopment.

    For the entire article, see

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