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  • 18 May 2021 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The state will oversee the work to clean the former Cerro Wire site, which is contaminated with copper and chemicals. 

    By Alex Costello, Syosset Patch (NY) 

    The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released a plan to clean the site of a former copper plant in the area before it is converted into warehouses.

    The lot used to be the site of The Cerro Wire and Conduit Company, which produced steel electrical conduits, hot-rolled copper rods and steel strips for the construction industry from the 1950s through the 1980s. 

    Studies of the site have found that it is heavily contaminated by copper, as well as chemicals used during the manufacturing process.

    For the entire article, see

    Posted May 18, 2021

  • 18 May 2021 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Bruce Gellerman, WBUR Public Radio (Boston, MA)

    Just off Route 1 in Newburyport, a bit of the future is under construction. A huge orange crane hoists a three-story concrete slab and flips it precisely in place, forming the wall of a home. The crane accomplished in five days what would have taken weeks using standard building techniques.

    "The construction system has not been done before in this scale for residential," says Boston developer David Hall, who with his partner, architect Keith Moskow, modified the commercial building method known as "tilt-up construction" to create the Hillside Center for Sustainable Living. They're building the village on a remediated brownfield, after removing 3,000 tons of toxic ash.

    "There were places where it was 8 feet deep," Hall says with a laugh. "It was a dump.”

    Hall and Moskow had decades of experience building on urban brownfields and saw the possibilities in this hazardous waste site. "We jumped on it," said Hall, "and created this vision of what could be."

    For the entire story, see

  • 18 May 2021 9:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 3.1 MW installation on a closed landfill will power up to 700 households with clean energy, dedicating 55% of its capacity to low- and moderate-income subscribers.

    By Tim Sylvia, PV Magazine

    New Jersey is celebrating the completion of the first community solar project to be constructed on a closed landfill as part of the Board of Public Utilities’s (NJBPU’s) Community Solar Energy Pilot Program.

    The 3.1 MW installation was built by New Jersey developer Soltage, and will power up to 700 households with clean energy, dedicating 55% of its capacity to low- and moderate-income (LMI) subscribers.

    For the entire article, see

    Posted May 18, 2021

  • 17 May 2021 9:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Niagara and Orleans Counties ramping up more brownfields projects.

    A new agreement between state agencies and municipalities in Orleans and Niagara counties will promote the redevelopment of dozens of potentially contaminated properties in the two counties.

    The agreement is designed to remove contaminated properties from tax foreclosure lists and put them back into productive use, while addressing any potential contamination.


    Posted May 17, 2021

  • 12 May 2021 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The grant awards help underserved communities Build Back Better and address Environmental Justice concerns

    May 11, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that four New Jersey entities have been selected to receive a total of $1.9 million to assess and clean up contaminated properties under the agency’s Brownfields Program. Nationwide, 151 communities will receive 154 grant awards totaling $66.5 million in EPA Brownfields funding through its Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grants.

    This funding will support underserved and economically disadvantaged communities across the country in assessing and cleaning up contaminated and abandoned industrial and commercial properties. Approximately 50 percent of selected recipients will be receiving EPA Brownfields Grant funding for the first time and more than 85 percent are located in or serving small communities.

    “Cleaning up brownfields helps protect the environment and serves as a catalyst to jumpstart much needed economic growth in New Jersey communities, often in historically underserved areas,” said EPA acting Regional Administrator Walter Mugdan. “These grants address decades-old sources of pollution and bring together a broad spectrum of stakeholders who work in concert to make their communities better and more sustainable places to live, work and play.”

    The selectees and projects in New Jersey are:

    • Hainesport Township ($500,000 cleanup grant): Grant funds will be used to clean up the Former Paul's Tank Cleaning Service site at 1225 Industrial Boulevard. The cleanup site operated from 1962 to 1982 as an industrial tank cleaning facility that cleaned out residual waste from tanks at schools, factories, and ships that operated on Philadelphia's waterfront. Today, the site is a relatively flat and vacant parcel contaminated with PCBs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, tetrachloroethene, and heavy metals. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community outreach activities.

    • New Jersey Economic Development Authority ($300,000 assessment grant): Community-wide grant funds will be used to conduct 10 environmental site assessments in Paterson, Perth Amboy, and Bayonne. Grant funds also will be used to develop two conceptual designs for the City of Bridgeton, prepare two cleanup plans, and conduct community outreach activities. Priority sites include the Allied Textile Printing site in Paterson, the Rudyk Park Expansion Areas 1 and 2 in Perth Amboy, the 5-acre Block 452.02 site in Bayonne, which was part of a former Standard Oil complex, and a 28-acre former dump in Bridgeton.

    • City of Salem ($800,000 multipurpose grant): Grant funds will be used to conduct six environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to clean up sites in the target area, prepare one site reuse vision and three reuse plans, and conduct community outreach activities. The target area is Salem’s historic Waterfront Industrial Zone. Priority sites include the Tri-County Oil site at 1 Front Street, the 6-acre Aluchem heavy industrial site at W. Broadway, and the McCarthy’s Bar site at 190 Griffith Street.

    • City of Trenton ($300,000 assessment grant): Community-wide grant funds will be used to conduct environmental site assessments and prepare four cleanup plans. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community engagement activities. Trenton plans to prioritize former dry cleaner sites in the city, including Eagle Cleaning and Dyeing, Bell Boy Cleaners, Suds Brothers, and Schofield Cleaners.

    “Hainesport Township is grateful to the EPA for being awarded this competitive grant. These funds will allow us to conduct an environmental cleanup of a defunct tank cleaning and storage facility, known locally as Paul’s Tank Farm.  This remediation is critical to the economic development of this area and the many opportunities it will generate for the Hainesport community,” stated Hainesport Mayor Leila Gilmore.

    “Revitalizing brownfields is crucial to achieving Governor Murphy’s environmental justice goals and building toward his vision for a stronger, fairer New Jersey,” said New Jersey Economic Development Authority Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “This grant funding will help us continue our work to help communities throughout New Jersey transform vacant, contaminated properties into vibrant community assets that improve residents’ lives and drive economic growth.” 

    Salem Mayor Charles Washington Jr., said: “The City has set forth a vision to redevelop Salem’s waterfront and the city’s BDA with economically sustainable green energy jobs. This is an exciting time for the City of Salem as we continue to set our sights on our redevelopment goals, and this opportunity from the EPA brings us closer.  The technical support for our brownfield inventory received from partners such as NJ DEP CCI and NJ CCLR have been helpful in moving the city along with our redevelopment efforts and together with the support of the EPA the city’s revitalization efforts and partnerships, will continue to keep moving forward.”

    “On behalf of the City of Trenton, I am proud that we were selected to receive a Brownfields Hazardous Assessment Grant from EPA this year,” said Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora. “We have an excellent relationship with EPA dating back to the 1990s, and thanks to EPA’s grant resources and technical assistance over the years, we’ve been able to investigate, remediate and redevelop numerous brownfields sites in Trenton. This $300,000 grant will help us continue that great work for the 84,000 residents who call this city home.”

    “The Brownfields program has been a crucial tool for cleaning up contaminated sites, protecting public health, and spurring local economic growth throughout the country – particularly in New Jersey, which has hundreds of these sites. The funding announced today will help revitalize these spaces so that they can be returned to good, productive use,” said Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. “Removing public health hazards like those at Brownfields sites not only protects the health of nearby communities and families, but also spurs investment in the local economy by allowing these spaces to be transformed into parks, businesses, community centers, and more. I’m proud to have sponsored the reauthorization of the Brownfield program and glad to see the results of that work reach New Jersey, and I’ll make sure we continue to build on this progress in Congress.”

    “This federal investment in Paterson will build on the progress that we’ve already made at the Great Falls. This is tremendous news for our community and I thank my friends at the EPA for their support and hard work," said Rep. Bill Pascrell. "Central to my efforts in Congress is ensuring that our environment is protected and preserved for future generations. That includes cleaning up contaminated and abandoned industrial areas, such as the Allied Textile Printing site here at the Great Falls National Historic Park. By providing a much needed federal investment to restore this historic landmark, we will be able to transform what is currently a dilapidated and dangerous stretch of land into a community space for generations to come. I look forward to working with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and Biden administration on the next steps and will keep working until this important work is complete.”

    Today’s grant announcement includes:

    $8.8 million for 11 Multipurpose Grants, which will provide funding to conduct a range of eligible assessment and cleanup activities at one or more brownfield sites in a target area. 

    $42.2 million for 107 Assessment Grants, which will provide funding for brownfield inventories, planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach.

    $15.5 million for 36 Cleanup Grants, which will provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites owned by the recipient.

    The list of the fiscal year 2021 applicants selected for funding is available here: fy-2021-brownfields-multipurpose-assessment-and-cleanup-grants

    EPA anticipates that it will award the grants once all legal and administrative requirements are satisfied by the selected recipients. Since its inception in 1995, EPA's Brownfields Program has provided nearly $1.76 billion in grants to assess and clean up contaminated properties and return them to productive reuse. This has led to significant benefits for communities across the country. For example,

    • To date, communities participating in the Brownfields Program have been able to attract more than $34.4 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding after receiving Brownfields funds. This has led to over 175,500 jobs in cleanup, construction, and redevelopment.
    • Based on grant recipient reporting, recipients leveraged on average $20.13 for each EPA Brownfields dollar and 10.3 jobs per $100,000 of EPA Brownfield Grant funds expended on assessment, cleanup, and revolving loan fund cooperative agreements.
    • In addition, an academic peer-reviewed study has found that residential properties near brownfield sites increased in value by 5% to 15.2% as a result of cleanup activities.
    • Finally, analyzing data near 48 brownfields, EPA found an estimated $29 million to $97 million in additional tax revenue for local governments in a single year after cleanup—2 to 7 times more than the $12.4 million EPA contributed to the cleanup of those brownfield sites.

    For more on the Brownfields Grants: For more on EPA’s Brownfields Program:

    Posted May 12, 2021

  • 04 May 2021 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Al Urbanski, Chain Store Age 

    Two Baltimore guys named David Bramble and Peter Pinkard recently accomplished something few in town thought could be done. This month they opened Yard 56 and brought a supermarket, a gym, and several restaurants to a location that was a contaminated brownfield site since the Porcelain Enamel Manufacturing Company closed its factory there in 2006.

    Bramble is the son of Joy Bramble, publisher of The Baltimore Times, and the Rev. Peter Bramble, rector of St. Katherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church, and he still lives in the house he grew up in in the Madison Park neighborhood. He worked as a real estate attorney in town before he and Pinkard formed MCB Real Estate and became developers. They now own and operate 10 million sq. ft. of properties up and down the Interstate 95 corridor, though the 20 acres of it on Eastern Avenue in Baltimore is their crowning achievement.

    For the entire article, see

  • 03 May 2021 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Redevelopment tax credits are included in the Executive Budget.

    Welcome to our second post dedicated to providing a summary of the proposed tax changes in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget for fiscal year 2022.  The Executive Budget proposes to enact new taxes, credits, and other initiatives, aimed largely at mitigating the revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and are broken down into the following categories:


    Posted May 3, 2021

  • 27 Apr 2021 2:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The solar energy projects are expected to offset around one-third of the electric demand of the county’s public buildings.

    By Tim Sylvia, PV Magazine

    SunPower said it will work with Baltimore County to build two brownfield solar projects on the sites of former landfills.

    The projects will generate 30 MW of clean energy, equivalent to the power used by one-third of the county’s municipal buildings, including government facilities. The installations will be located on the closed Hernwood and Parkton landfills, and will be the first large-scale solar energy projects in the county.

    Construction is expected to begin in 2022 and the two will enter service by 2023.

    Under power purchase agreements (PPAs), the county will pay no upfront costs; SunPowerand its financiers will cover the cost of developing and constructing the arrays. Over the 25-year PPA timeline, Baltimore County will pay a flat, fixed rate per kilowatt-hour. Through Maryland’s aggregate net metering rule, Baltimore Gas & Electric will credit the solar generated at the landfills against electric loads at other county buildings.

    For the entire article, see

    Posted April 27, 2021

  • 27 Apr 2021 2:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Ashley Onyon, Amsterdam Recorder (NY)

    The Common Council revisited and approved a purchase option agreement for a South Side brownfield site on Tuesday.

    The city tabled the pact earlier this month over concerns about the property’s value compared to the $250 purchase price if the option is exercised.

    The council tabled a resolution during the April 6 meeting that would have authorized the city to enter a one-year purchase option agreement for the potential sale of 111 Erie Terrace to Mary and Michael Keegan of Schenectady. The site at one time was operated as Nathan’s Waste and Paper Stock Co.

    The deal approved Tuesday lasts for six months, but it can be extended.

    For the entire article, see

    Posted April 27, 2021

  • 19 Apr 2021 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kramer Levin provides a good summary of the program and its status.

    Governor Cuomo’s FY 2022 Budget provides relief to participants in the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) that risk losing their Tangible Property Tax Credit due to pandemic-related and other delays.

    Background on the BCP

    The BCP provides state oversight, liability protection and tax incentives for the remediation and redevelopment of contaminated real property, known as brownfield sites. Hundreds of brownfield sites statewide have been remediated through the program. Sites that are accepted into the BCP are eligible for two different types of tax credits: a Site Preparation Tax Credit (covering remediation and other costs) and the more valuable Tangible Property Credit for redevelopment costs (covering the structures built on the site). Since the passage of legislation in 2015, sites in New York City must meet additional criteria to be eligible for the Tangible Property Credit. They must be located in an Environmental Zone (En-Zone) which is an area of high poverty or unemployment; have an associated cleanup cost that is 75% or more of the property value (so-called “upside down” properties); be “underutilized” per New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) regulations; or be redeveloped for affordable housing.


    Posted April 19, 2021

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