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Brownfields Area-wide planning, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grants Announced:
Region 8 to receive $4 million
EPA announced $66.5 million in brownfields investments to protect health and environment, create jobs and promote economic redevelopment nationwide. In Region 8, $2.6 million will be awarded to support brownfields area-wide planning, assessment, revolving loan fund and cleanup projects in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.
The Region 8 grant recipients include:
- The City of Minot will receive a $400,000 assessment grant to conduct environmental site assessments and $200,000 Brownfields area-wide planning grant focused on the downtown area affected by the Souris River flooding in 2011.
- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation will use a $400,000 assessment grant to inventory brownfields and conduct environmental site assessments.
- Alamosa County Economic Development Corporation will use $200,000 to clean up the Pink Elephant property building contaminated with metals, inorganic contaminants and mold.
- The City of New Rockford will receive a $200,000 cleanup grant to address contamination at the New Rockford City Hospital.
- The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes will use $200,000 to clean up pesticides and metals contamination at the Old Poplar Airport.
- The City of Cheyenne will receive a $1 million coalition Revolving Loan Fund grant to provide cleanup loans and subgrants in the City.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) Saves the Historic Old Stockade Building with Brownfields Assistance
Built in the 1890’s, the Old Stockade Building is the last standing structure of the original Standing Rock Cantonment military fort, now known as Fort Yates. Over the past 120 years the building has been used as a jail, workshop and administration building. The building’s rich and varied history, however, also includes lead-based paint, asbestos and lead-contaminated soil, which have created health and environmental risks to nearby schools and residences. To address the contamination and facilitate the redevelopment of the building into a new tourism center, the Tribe applied for and received an EPA Brownfields cleanup grant. Sitting Bull College, also located in Fort Yates, received an EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant to train local residents to work on brownfields cleanup and restoration projects. Shortly after receiving their HAZWOPER, asbestos and lead abatement certifications, 7 graduates from the inaugural class were employed to assist with the remediation of the Old Stockade Building. The trained workers assisted with removing asbestos containing materials, scraping lead-based paint, encapsulating surfaces, and digging and hauling contaminated soil. Cleanup was completed in September 2012 and the building is now ready for redevelopment.
Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grants Announced:
Region 8 to receive $4 million
On May 24, 2012, former administrator Lisa Jackson announced $69.3 million in brownfields investments to protect health and environment, create jobs and promote economic redevelopment nationwide. In Region 8, $4 million will be awarded to support brownfields assessment, revolving loan fund and cleanup projects in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.
The Region 8 grant recipients include:
- The Denver Urban Renewal Authority will receive a $900,000 assessment coalition grant to conduct environmental site assessments along the Colfax Corridor and the West Corridor Light Rail line within Denver and Lakewood, Colorado.
- The City of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, will use a $400,000 assessment grant to inventory brownfields and conduct environmental site assessments along the Wadsworth Boulevard Corridor.
- The City of Missoula, Montana, will receive $400,000 to supplement their revolving loan fund and a $279,712 multipurpose grant to assess and abate asbestos at the Missoula County Courthouse.
- The City of Shelby, Montana, will use $200,000 to clean up a historic building contaminated with metals, inorganic contaminants and mold.
- The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians will receive a $200,000 cleanup grant to address contamination at an abandoned tribal administration building.
- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will use $200,000 to clean up metals and inorganic contamination at the Smee School Teacher's Quarters.
- The Town of Dubois, Wyoming, will use $200,000 to clean up benzene, diesel range organics and petroleum hydrocarbons at the Town of Dubois Sawmill site.
- The Salt Lake City Corporation, Utah, will receive a $301,865 community wide assessment grant to assess sites with hazardous substance and petroleum contamination in Salt Lake City.
- Salt Lake County, Utah, will receive a $1 million coalition Revolving Loan Fund grant to provide cleanup loans and subgrants at sites linked to public transportation along the Wasatch Front.
- Utah State University will use a $200,000 clean up grant to address inorganic contamination at seven buildings located on the the former Bushnell Army Hospital/Intermountain Indian School.
FY 2012 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Application Guidelines — Request for Proposals
EPA provides funds to nonprofit organizations and eligible entities to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup associated activities, chemical safety, and wastewater management. Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants are provided to recruit, train, and place, unemployed and under-employed, predominantly low-income and minority, residents historically affected by hazardous and solid waste sites and facilities with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities. Proposals are due April 12, 2012.
- Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines (PDF) (40 pp, 457K)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (21 pp, 96K)
Brownfields Multi-Purpose Pilot Grant Guidelines – Request for Proposals
EPA is piloting a new grant program that will provide a single grant to an eligible entity for both assessment and cleanup work at a specific brownfield site owned by the applicant. These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum or hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). An applicant may request up to $200,000 ($350,000 with a waiver) for assessment activities and $200,000 for direct cleanup activities at the same site. The total available for each grant is $400,000 or $550,000 with a waiver. Only applicants who have received an EPA Brownfields grant in 2003 or later are eligible to apply for the multi-purpose pilot grant. The proposal deadline is February 10, 2012.
- Multi-Purpose Pilot Grant Guidelines (PDF) (58 pp, 508K)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (39 pp, 179K)
FY2012 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grant Guidelines Available
These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding include Assessment Grants, Cleanup Grants and Revolving Loan Fund Grants. The proposal guidelines and frequently asked asked questions are available at http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicat.htm. The proposal deadline is November 28, 2011.
FY12 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grant Guidelines Brownfields Webinars
Use the link above for more information and to register for any of the free FY12 Guideline webinars
Brownfields Competitive Grants Announced – Region 8 to Receive $5.5 million
On June 6, 2011, former administrator Lisa Jackson announced $76m in Brownfields investments to protect health and environment, create jobs and promote economic redevelopment nationwide. In Region 8, $5.53m will be awarded to support new brownfields assessment, revolving loan fund and cleanup projects in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. An additional $500,000 will be awarded to supplement the City of Aurora’s existing cleanup revolving loan fund. The new Region 8 grant recipients include:
- Lakewood Housing Authority will use a $189,000 grant to clean up subsurface petroleum contamination at Lamar Station Apartments in Lakewood, Colorado.
- Bear Paw Development Corporation will receive two grants totaling $1.4 million to conduct environmental site assessments and to capitalize a revolving loan fund. The revolving loan fund will enable Bear Paw to provide loans and sub-grants to support cleanup activities in five counties in north central Montana.
- Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation will use $200,000 to continue the clean up of soil contaminated with petroleum and lead products. Once cleanup is complete the tribe plans to redevelop the site with much needed housing.
- Great Northern Development Corporation will receive a $750,000 assessment coalition grant to inventory contaminated sites, conduct environmental site assessments and develop cleanup plans in 15 counties and two tribes in eastern Montana.
- The City of Kalispell will receive a $1 million revolving loan fund. The city will use the fund to provide loans and subgrants to support cleanup activities predominantly focused in the city’s core revitalization area.
- Northern Rocky Mountain Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc. will receive a $1 million assessment grant to determine the environmental and health hazards and the appropriate cleanup actions needed at sites in 10 counties in Montana.
- The City of Cheyenne and coalition partners will use a $1 million grant to conduct environmental assessments, site inventories and community involvement in Cheyenne’s downtown core, and in other parts of Laramie County.
South Lincoln Redevelopment Project: A resource for sustainable projects in the future
In May of 2011, the South Lincoln Redevelopment Project released their Sustainability Pilot final report. The report highlights lessons learned and provides recommendations for similar local level projects that utilize state and federal funds and sustainable principles The South Lincoln Redevelopment Project consists of a 17.5 acre-site with 270 public housing units that will be redeveloped into mixed housing and transit oriented development. Under the US EPA, HUD, and DOT joint Sustainable Communities Pilot Project, the South Lincoln Redevelopment Project focused on pre-development planning to increase the livability/sustainability of the neighborhood. As part of the process, three design charette’s were held focusing on energy, transportation, and stormwater and green infrastructure designs for the new development. Read the Project’s Sustainability Pilot Final Reports for the three design charettes as well as the Lessons Learned Final Report (PDF).
Southern Ute Brownfield Redevelopment Results in Multi-Purpose & Chapel Facility
The Southern Ute Tribe recently completed the transformation of a vacant 10-acre Brownfield property into a 21,000+ sq. ft. multi-purpose & chapel facility in Ignacio, Colo. View more pictures, detailed floor plans and descriptions here.
To make way for redevelopment, the Tribe’s Response/Brownfields Program used $67,000 in CERCLA 128(a) funds to conduct environmental assessment and cleanup work to remove three vacant “sick” buildings and properly dispose of lead and asbestos contaminated building materials in 2008. The Tribe then finalized its redevelopment plans and finished construction of the new facility in winter 2010-11. The community has begun using the new facility as a gathering space, learning center, as office space, and for elders and the elder committee’s activities.
Montana Brownfields Redevelopment Workshop: Discovering Tools to Redevelop Brownfields Sites - Billings, Montana - May 19, 2011
This workshop will be a rare opportunity for Montana's brownfield community to come together, share ideas and challenges and learn from practitioners. The workshop will provide useful information to those who are interested in learning about brownfields as well as those who are experts in the field. A wide range of stakeholders will find this workshop relevant including local, state and federal officials, community groups, citizens, landowners, developers, consultants and attorneys. Registration and more information available here.
WBWire: Introducing a newsletter focused on Brownfields reclamation efforts underway across the western United States
Request for Applications: Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies on Contaminated Properties
EPA is soliciting applications (for non grant technical assistance) from states, tribes, regional governments, and communities that want to evaluate the potential development of renewable energy on potentially or formerly contaminated properties. This evaluation will be in the form of a feasibility study conducted by the Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory that will determine the best renewable energy technology for the site, the optimal location for placement of the renewable energy technology, potential energy generating capacity, the return on the investment, and the economic feasibility of the renewable energy projects. Proposals are due to EPA Friday, May 20. View the request for applications (PDF, 6pp, 98K) or the Re-powering America's Land website for background information.
Missoula, Montana: Former Freight Depot Getting a Fresh Start
On March 5, 2011, the North Missoula Community Development Corporation (NMCDC) held the grand opening of the new Missoula Community Food Co-op. Formerly a freight depot warehouse, the 13,000 square foot building has been converted into the locally operated food co-op, and will also include a community kitchen/café specializing in foods produced from local farmers and ranchers. NMCDC used a $23,000 Stimulus grant from the City of Missoula’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund for asbestos removal prior to beginning the $1.9 million building renovation. The food co-op and café projects are part of the "Burn Street Square" redevelopment, which also includes affordable housing for income-qualified buyers in Missoula.
Brownfields Tax Incentive Extended
In December 2010, the Brownfields Tax Incentive was extended retroactively through December 31, 2011. In addition to updating the Brownfields Tax Incentive fact sheet, guidelines, and FAQ information on the EPA Tax Incentive Webpage, a new publication, "A Guide to Federal Tax Incentives for Brownfields Redevelopment," was recently posted on the EPA Tax Incentive Web page. The new publication highlights the various federal tax incentives available for Brownfields redevelopment including the Brownfields Tax Incentive.
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines Available
EPA announced an estimated $4 million available for environmental workforce development and job training grants. These grants may be used to develop hazardous and solid waste training programs. The proposal deadline is March, 18 2011. View more information and guidelines (PDF).
Colorado Sugar Beet Factory Redevelopment
EPA, the Colorado Brownfields Foundation (CBF), and the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) have been working with towns in Colorado to inventory active and former sugar beet processing facilities, and identify opportunities for cleanup and redevelopment. The Colorado Sugar Beet Fact Sheet (PDF) highlights the findings from this project. On September 13, 2011 Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters ran a story about cleaning up and redeveloping Colorado Sugar Beet Factories.
Revitalizing the Lefthand Canyon Watershed in Boulder County, Colorado
In December 2010, Boulder County finished the cleanup of the Argo Mine near Jamestown, Colorado. The County used a $200,000 EPA Brownfields grant and other resources to clean the property. The Argo mine operated intermittently from the late 1800’s until 1956 producing gold, fluorspar, and extensive waste rock piles which have contaminated water quality in Little James Creek and the Lefthand Canyon watershed. The cleanup included filling the central cavern of the mine with existing waste rock, and regrading and capping other portions of the waste rock. All disturbed areas have been seeded and mulched. In addition to closing a dangerous mine opening, the cleanup eliminated the release of heavy metals into the watershed.
Aurora, Kalispell & Denver to Pilot Area-Wide Planning Grant Program
On October 15, 2010, Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus announced that EPA is awarding $4 million in assistance to 23 communities nation-wide to develop area-wide plans for the reuse of brownfields properties. In Region 8, Aurora, Kalispell, and Denver will be awarded grants to pilot this new grant program designed to help communities implement area-wide planning efforts for housing, transportation, economic growth and healthy communities. For more information on Region 8 grant recipient project fact sheets:
- Aurora, Colorado, will target its area-wide planning on the Montview Corridor in northwest Aurora, an area challenged by more than 40 brownfields sites.
- Kalispell, Montana, will focus area-wide planning efforts on its downtown Core Revitilization Area, which encompasses historic railroad tracks and several brownfields sites.
- Denver, Colorado, will use its area-wide planning grant for the South Platte River Brownfields Impacted Area which includes a quarter-mile buffer along an 11-mile stretch of the South Platte River.
Missoula, Montana: Cleanup Grant makes way for a Community Soccer Field
In August 2010, the City of Missoula, MT, completed the cleanup of 16.6 acres at the White Pine Sash property. The City used a $200,000 EPA Brownfields grant and local sources to clean dixons and pentachlorophenol (PCP) left behind from lumber mill operations. Cleanup included excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 8,000 cubic yards of soil, importing backfill of 10,000 cubic yards of fill material, 4,000 cubic yards of topsoil, and 400 cubic yards of wood rich soil amendment. The newly seeded property will be ready for use as a community soccer field next summer.
FY2011 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grant Guidelines Available
These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding include Assessment Grants, Cleanup Grants and Revolving Loan Fund Grants. The proposal deadline is October, 15 2010.
- FY11 Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Grants (PDF) (51 pp, 348K)
- View the slides from our FY11 Assessment Grant Webinar (PDF)
- FY11 Guidelines for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants (PDF) (46 pp, 301K)
- View the slides from our FY11 Revolving Loan Fund Webinar (PDF)
- FY11 Guidelines for Brownfields Cleanup Grants (PDF) (54 pp, 348K)
- View the slides from our FY11 Cleanup Grant Webinar (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (40 pp, 500K)
Save the Date! The 2010 Western Brownfields Workshop - Missoula, Montana - September 14 - 16
We are pleased to announce the 2010 Western Brownfields Workshop will be held in Missoula, Montana, from September 14 - 16! The workshop provides a unique opportunity to learn about current Brownfields topics from regional experts, share success stories, and network with others in the western region. The workshop is designed for current EPA Brownfields grantees and communities interested in becoming grantees in EPA Regions 8, 9, and 10. For more information, please see visit the Western Brownfields Workshop page.
City of Missoula Selected to Receive $850,000 in Revolving Loan Funds for Cleanup Projects
EPA is providing the City of Missoula with $850,000 in supplemental funding to recapitalize the City’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). The money will be used to provide loans and subgrants for environmental cleanup projects at Brownfields properties. The City has identified several candidate properties for future Brownfields investments, and is also accepting community proposals for projects. Missoula has made several RLF loans since 2006, including more than $1.5 million in loans towards the cleanup and redevelopment of the Sawmill site, and grants to the North Missoula Community Development Corporation for asbestos abatement at the Burns Street Community Nutrition Center.
Stimulus Funding Helps Jamestown, Colorado Cleanup its Community Park
On June 25, 2010, the Town of Jamestown, CO (pop. 283), completed the cleanup of Elysian Park, a 5-acre recreation area located in the center of town. The Town used a $168,300 Stimulus grant from the State of Colorado's Revolving Loan Fund and a $200,000 EPA Brownfields cleanup grant to address the mine tailings at the park. The cleanup involved capping 32,000 cubic yards of mine tailings, grading and seeding the park. Once the vegetation is established, the Town will continue to use the property as a community park.
National Brownfields Conference
The Brownfields 2011 national conference will be April 3-5 in Philadelphia. Whether you're a newcomer to economic and environmental redevelopment or a seasoned pro looking to make new connections, there is no better deal in the redevelopment marketplace than the National Brownfields Conference 2011. You’ll gain access to more than 150 educational and learning opportunities, outstanding plenary sessions, 200 exhibitors, scores of networking events, special training sessions, and much more. Registration is free!
Eaton, Colorado: Recovery Act Helps Local Redevelopment Effort Move Forward
In February 2010, the Town of Eaton, CO (pop. 2,690) completed the acquisition of a long vacant 43-acre sugar beet mill. The town's goal is to return this large piece of property to productive use as soon as possible. Recovery Act funds were used to conduct a Phase I environmental assessment for Eaton prior to acquiring the mill, and the funds are currently being used to conduct a Phase II assessment of the property to characterize contaminants that will need to be cleaned prior to redevelopment.
Brownfields Competitive Grants Announced – Region 8 to Receive $2.7 million
On April 19, 2010, Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus announced the successful FY10 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund & Cleanup (ARC) grantees. In Region 8, $2.7 million will be awarded to support the following local environmental assessment and cleanup projects:
- Lewis and Clark County, (includes Helena) Montana, will receive two grants totaling $400,000 to update an inventory of contaminated sites, conduct environmental site assessments and develop cleanup plans.
- Crook County, Wyoming, will use $200,000 to remove contaminants prior to renovating a historic school building in Sundance to be used as a much-needed County Museum and Cultural Center.
- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will receive two cleanup grants totaling $400,000 to clean up contamination at the Old Stockade Building and the Old Teachers Quarters in Fort Yates.
- The Great Northern Development Corporation (GNDC) will receive a $1.5 million grant to capitalize a revolving loan fund from which the GNDC will provide loans and sub-grants to support clean up activities across eastern Montana.
- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will use a $200,000 grant to clean up the Old White Horse Day School site in the Community of White Horse prior to constructing a new community building.
Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program
EPA announces the availability of grant funds and direct assistance (through Agency contract support) and solicits proposals from eligible entities to facilitate community involvement in area-wide planning approaches to brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. Area-wide planning grant funding and technical assistance will be directed to brownfields-impacted areas, such as a neighborhood, district, city block or corridor. The grant funding and direct assistance will result in an area-wide plan which will inform the assessment, cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties and promote area-wide revitalization. EPA anticipates selecting approximately 20 pilot projects through this competitive opportunity. The deadline for proposal receipt (postmarked hard copy or via email) is June 1, 2010.
Utah Brownfields Conference: New Opportunities for Communities • Provo, Utah • May 19, 2010
This conference will provide an overview of tools and resources to manage brownfields in Utah and help return contaminated property to a state of beneficial economic reuse. It is an opportunity for public and private partners to discuss how their environmental and economic development goals can be realized. The conference is relevant to a wide range of stakeholders, including but not limited to: government officials, community leaders, economic development professionals, planners, environmental cleanup experts, developers and investors. Registration is free! To register, please obtain a registration form by contacting email@example.com.
Colorado to Issue $298,300 in Stimulus Funds for Brownfields Cleanup Projects on Mine Scarred Lands
The State of Colorado’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund will provide cleanup grants to Park County, CO, and Jamestown, CO, to fund environmental cleanup activities on mine scarred lands. Park County will use $130,000 of Stimulus funds to clean lead contaminated tailings found inside the historic Paris Mill site, near Alma, Colorado. After cleanup, the County intends to preserve the historic mill site for tourism. The Town of Jamestown will use $168,300 of Stimulus funds to finish cleanup of mine tailings at the Elysium Park, located in the center of town. Once clean and reseeded, the Town intends to continue using the property as a community park.
EPA, HUD and DOT Partnership Supports Denver, CO, for Sustainable Communities Pilot
The South Lincoln Redevelopment in Denver, Colorado, was selected as one of five sustainable community pilot projects in the United States as part of a partnership between EPA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Funds will be used to create a sustainable community design for the South Lincoln Park Redevelopment. The pilot projects are part of former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s initiative to bring HUD, DOT, and EPA together in areas where there are formerly contaminated sites, transportation infrastructure investments and the need for affordable housing. More information on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
Colorado to issue $600,000 in Stimulus Funds for Brownfields Cleanup Projects
Moving quickly with its Stimulus Brownfields Revolving Loan Funds (RLF), the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) will issue 3 sub-grants totalling $600,000 to Colorado communities for cleanup projects. The projects include cleanup at the former Martha/Rose Walsh Smelter in Silverton; the former General Chemical site in the City and County of Denver; and at the Pueblo Ice House in Pueblo. Each project will receive $200,000 for cleanup activities.
Energy Efficient Home Design on Former Brownfields in Silverton, Colorado
The Anvil Mountain Neighborhood in Silverton, CO, will offer homes that are not only affordable to purchase, but also affordable to heat. San Juan County, the property developer, was selected by EPA's "Brownfields Sustainability Pilot" program to receive an energy analysis on the home designs, and the final report can be found here (PDF). The report provides an in-depth review of optimal building materials, home design, solar orientation and other strategies to improve energy efficiency. The neighborhood will be built on the former Martha/Rose Walsh smelter site, which is being cleanup with assistance from the EPA Brownfields program and other resources.
Fiscal Year 2010 Brownfields Job Training Grants - Request for Applications issued
This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities and non-profit organizations to provide environmental job training projects focused on Brownfields assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment activities. The objective of the Brownfields Job Training Grant Program is to recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed individuals from Brownfields-impacted communities in full-time sustainable environmental employment. The application period closes on December 1, 2009. More Information.
FY2010 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grant Guidelines Available
These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding include Assessment Grants, Cleanup Grants and Revolving Loan Fund Grants. The proposal deadline is October, 16 2009.
- Proposal Guidelines For Brownfields Assessment Grants
- Proposal Guidelines For Brownfields Cleanup Grants
- Proposal Guidelines For Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants
The City of Missoula, Aurora, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment Selected to Receive Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Supplemental Funds
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected the City of Missoula, Montana, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the City of Aurora, Colorado, to receive $3.7 million in Recovery Act funding. The money will be used to provide loans and subgrants to help carry out cleanup activities, and will create jobs for people living near contaminated sites known as “brownfields.” The City of Missoula will receive $900,000, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will receive $1.35 million and the City of Aurora will receive $1.45 million. These grants, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will help turn rundown eyesores into revitalized, productive properties.
Brownfields 2009 Conference - November 16 - 18, 2009 - New Orleans, Louisiana
The EPA Brownfields Program is cosponsoring the 13th National Brownfields Conference on November 16 - 18, 2009 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.
The Brownfields 2009 Conference will see stakeholders from community, planning, real estate, finance, and policy interests from across the nation converge to focus on brownfields cleanup, redevelopment, and a broad range of land revitalization solutions. Take advantage of learning and networking opportunities including first-rate educational sessions, valuable mobile workshops, dynamic plenary speakers, excellent organizational meetings, and more.
For more information, and to register for the Brownfields 2009 Conference, please visit www.brownfields2009.org today.
An Estimated $40 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Supplement Eligible Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants
EPA is announcing the availability of an estimated $40 million in Recovery Act funds to supplement eligible brownfields revolving loan fund (RLF) grants. Grants eligible to request Recovery Act supplemental funds are brownfields RLF grants that have been previously awarded competitively under Section 104(k)(3) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or that have transitioned to Section 104(k)(3) of CERCLA, and subject to other identified criteria. Requests for funding must be postmarked and received by email by May 1, 2009. Specific information on eligible entities and submitting a request for Recovery Act supplemental RLF funding is available in the Federal Register Notice, Process and Consideration Guidelines , or can be obtained by contacting the EPA Brownfields Contact for your region. More information about brownfields revolving loan fund grants is available online.
Job Training Grants: EPA Announces the Availability of an Estimated $5 Million Under the Recovery Act
On March 19, 2009, EPA issued a request for applications (RFA) from eligible governmental entities and nonprofit organizations to provide environmental job training projects that will facilitate job creation in the assessment, remediation, or preparation of brownfields sites for sustainable reuse. The closing date for receipt of applications is April 20, 2009. Information about how to apply for a Recovery Act job training grant and more information about brownfields job training grants is available online.
EPA Brownfields Program to Receive $100 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a provision granting $100 million to the EPA Brownfields Program for clean up, revitalization, and sustainable reuse of contaminated properties. The funds will be awarded to eligible entities through job training, assessment, revolving loan fund, and cleanup grants. More information about Brownfields Program activities under the Recovery Act are available online; information about all EPA efforts under the Recovery Act is also available.
Brownfields 2009 Conference - Call for Ideas and Registration are Open
The call for ideas is OPEN and will close on May 1,2009. Please submit your ideas and register for the Brownfields Conference at www.brownfields2009.org today!
Direct Final Rule on All Appropriate Inquiries
EPA published a direct final rule recognizing ASTM International's E2247-08 "Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland and Rural Property" as compliant with the All Appropriate Inquiries Regulation and allowing for its use to satisfy the statutory requirements for conducting all appropriate inquiries under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Federal Register Notice , December 23, 2008
Fiscal Year 2009 Brownfields Job Training Grants Announced
Thirteen communities in 12 states will share $2.6 million in job training grants geared toward cleaning up contaminated properties and turning them into productive community assets. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under its Brownfields Program is awarding grants of $200,000 each to non-profit organizations, workforce investment boards, and state and local governments. The grants will teach environmental assessment and cleanup job skills to individuals living in areas near brownfields sites in Ark., Calif., Conn., Ill., Ind., Md., Mass., Mich., N.J., Oreg., Tenn., and Wis.
EPA Press Release, January 2009
FY09 Proposal Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants
These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding are as follows: Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years), Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years) and Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years). The proposal deadline is November 14, 2008. All of the documents below are found on EPA's Brownfields Funding Information page:
- Final FY2009 Brownfields Assessment Grant Guidelines (PDF) (51 pp, 1.6M, about PDF)
- Final FY2009 Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grant Guidelines (PDF) (46 pp, 1.8M, about PDF)
- Final FY2009 Brownfields Cleanup Grant Guidelines (PDF) (53 pp, 32.4M, about PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (38 pp, 210K, about PDF)
Colorado Brownfields Conference 2008
Explore integrating site redevelopment approaches into practical, profitable, and sustainable land use solutions. The annual one and a half day conference provides a forum to share information and form partnerships. It attracts over 240 attendees representing private and public industries and the government from across Colorado and the surrounding states. The conference will be held on November 20-21, 2008, at the Red Lion Hotel in Aurora, Colorado. For more information, please visit the Colorado Brownfields Foundation's website, at http://www.coloradobrownfieldsfoundation.org.
Brownfields Tax Incentive
On October 3,2008, H.R. 1424 was signed into law by the President. Section 318 of the bill provides for expensing of environmental remediation costs, extending the current brownfields tax incentive till December 31, 2009 and is effective for expenditures paid or incurred after December 31,2007. The tax incentive allows taxpayers to receive a current federal income tax deduction for certain qualifying remediation costs that would otherwise be subject to capitalization. The extension is a timely benefit for companies seeking to aquire or despose of environmentally impaired properties.
The Brownfields Assessment, RLF and Cleanup Grant Proposal Guidlines: A National Q&A Session October 16, 2008 12:00pm - 2:00pm (MST)
The proposal deadline for the EPA's Brownfields Assessment, RLF and Cleanup Grants is quickly approaching. Please join us for a national question and answer session on the new guidlines! EPA encourages participants to think of questions they have ahead of time and come prepared to contribute to the discussion! Registration is free. To register please visit: http://www.clu-in.org/conf/tio/bfqa/
Applying for a Brownfields grant?
Join us for a free internet-based workshop on writing effective grant proposals on Sept. 15th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (MST)
In Fiscal Year 2009, EPA's Brownfields Program will distribute approximately $74 million in grants to assist communities across the country cleanup and revitalize brownfields. This on-line workshop is designed to help applicants tap into these resources by writing effective proposals and understanding the guideline changes for EPA's Assessment, Cleanup and Revolving Loan Fund grants. Register at www.clu-in.org/conf/tio/r8bfguidelines.
- Fiscal Year 2009 Brownfields Job Training Grants - Request for Applications issued
This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities and non-profit organizations to provide environmental job training projects focused on brownfields assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment activities. The objective of the Brownfields Job Training Grant Program is to recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed individuals from brownfields-impacted communities in full-time sustainable environmental employment. Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2008 5:00 pm. More Information
- The Draft FY09 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grant Guidelines are Now Available Online.
EPA has modified its Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grant Proposal Guidelines. A 2 page summary of the major changes is now available and the complete PDF versions of the revised draft guidelines for Assessments, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup can be viewed by clicking on each grant type.
- Unlocking Brownfields Redevelopment: Establishing a Local Revolving Loan Fund Program
This Brownfields Solutions Series factsheet provides an overview to those interested in applying for an RLF grant and information to new grantees on how to establish an RLF program.
- Register now for the EPA Western Brownfields Workshop on October 8-10, 2008 in San Diego, California!
The workshop will include an afternoon session on October 8, a full-day on October 9, and a morning session on October 10. The registration form and a PDF of the Save the Date flyer are archived in the Brownfields ftp site.
- The City of Aurora, Colorado secures $350,000 and the City of Missoula, Montana secures $400,000 in grant funds to advance efforts to cleanup and revitalize contaminated properties.
The supplemental EPA Brownfields grant will capitalize the City's Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund, a resource that provides low-interest loans and subgrants for environmental cleanup activities and encourages public and private redevelopment projects.
- Registration now open for the Strategies for Job Development and Training in Brownfields Communities workshop.
This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in starting a job training program in their community. The workshop will be held on August 5-6, 2008 in Betterndorf, Iowa at the Isle of Capri Hotel and Conference Center.
- Phoenix Awards Now Taking Applications
The Phoenix Award Executive Committee is seeking revitalization projects to recognize for excellence in brownfield redevelopment. One winner will be selected from each of EPA's ten regions. The awards are open to any individual, group, company, organization, government body or agency. Criteria for The Phoenix Awards focus on the magnitude of the project, innovative techniques, solutions to regulatory issues and impact upon the community. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2008. Please visit http://www.brownfields2008.org/en/Article.128.aspx to download an application form and find out more information.
- 3rd Annual National Summit of Mining Communities
5/14-- The summit will take place September 7-11, 2008 in historic Butte and Anaconda, Montana. The Summit focuses on the diverse environmental and economic effects that mining communities experience as a result of the boom and bust mining cycles. Read about the summit.
- New to Brownfields? Please join us for a free internet based seminar entitled: "Introduction to Brownfields in EPA Region 8" on Thursday, May 29, 2008 from 10:00am to 11:30am (MST).
This introductory session is intended to provide a general overview of EPA Brownfields opportunities to local governments and nonprofit organizations in Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. Previous successes will be highlighted, as will grant funding opportunities. This session is designed to allow for maximum participant interaction so please come prepared with questions. Follow the above link to access additional information on this session and to register. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.
- Registration is now open for the Colorado Brownfields Lenders Workshop.
Come learn about new market opportunities for lenders investing for the future of Colorado communities. The workshop will be held on April 22, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, at the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) in downtown Denver at 1981 Blake Street. To register,
email, BrownfieldLenderWorkshop@icfi.com. The workshop is free of charge. The Workshop agenda is viewable by clicking here.
- Registration Now Open for the 2008 Brownfields Conference - With nearly 6,000 attendees, over 150 educational sessions, more than 200 exhibitors and unrivaled networking events, the U.S. EPA and ICMA co-sponsored National Brownfields Conference is the premier event of its kind. Join us May 5-7, 2008 at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, MI. To learn more about the conference and events, please visit the ICMA's Brownfields 2008 website.
- December 20, 2007 - Registration is now open for the Northeast Brownfields Development Forum, to be held at the Philadelphia Marriott, Philadelphia, PA, on February 12, 2008. If you've got a contaminated property available, here's a great opportunity to get it seen by developers. Come join major retailers, developers, local,state and federal officials in this one day educational forum and deal making event.
- August 28,2007 - The Proposal Guidlines for the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities grants has been posted to www.epa.gov/swerrims/grants-funding.htm#EPA-OSWER-OBCR-07-08. These grants provide funding to eligible entities to provide technical assistance to communities facing brownfield cleanup and redevelopment challenges. The proposal deadline is October 2, 2007.
- August 14, 2007 - The Proposal Guidlines for EPA's FY08 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grants has been posted to www.epa.gov/swerrims/grants-funding.htm#EPA-OSWER-OBCR-07-09. These grants provide funding to eligible entities to identify, assess and clean up Brownfields properties. The proposal deadline is October 12, 2007.
- August 6, 2007 EPA Region 8 On-Line Workshop - "Understanding the EPA Brownfields Proposal Guidelines" on August 29, 2007 from 10am-noon (MDT). The workshop is designed to assist local governments, tribes and nonprofit organizations to better understand the proposal criteria and selection process for EPA's Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup and revolving Loan Fund grants.
For more information and to register please visit www.clu-in.org/conf/tio/r8bfguidelines/ for more information.
- May 14, 2007 - EPA Awards $71 Million to Help Brownfields Bloom into Productivity
Please visit the EPA press release for more information.
- April 23, 2007 - EPA awarded two grants totaling $600,000 to help Native American tribes redevelop and return contaminated lands to productive use. For more information please visit the EPA press release for more information.
January 31, 2007 - Brownfields Tax Incentive Extended and Expanded
On December 20, 2006, the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 that included an extension and expansion of the Brownfields Tax Incentive was signed into law. The incentive was renewed, effective after December 31, 2005, and extended until December 31, 2007. The Brownfields Tax Incentive allows environmental cleanup costs to be deducted in the year incurred, rather than capitalized over time.
EPA is updating its guidelines and other Brownfields Tax Incentive information resources to reflect the extension. More information available on the Brownfields Tax Incentive Page.
- November 6, 2006 - The Mine-Scarred Lands Initiative (MSL) Tool Kit is available online. This resource shares lessons learned by the Brownfields Federal Partnership Mine-Scarred Lands (MSL) Initiative through six demonstration projects conducted across the country on both hard rock and coal sites. It features the experiences of the six projects and links to other mine cleanup and reuse resources.
- October 16, 2006 - The FY07 Proposal Guidelines for EPA Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup and Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grants are now available online. The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 8, 2006.
- August 28, 2006 - Are you interested in learning more about Brownfields Job Training? The next Strategies for Job Development and Training in Brownfields Communities workshop will be held October 16-17, 2006 in Nashville, TN. This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in starting a job training program in their community.
- July 17, 2006 - EPA has just announced the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities to provide environmental job training projects that will facilitate assessment, remediation, or preparation of Brownfields sites. Eligible entities must propose to serve a community that currently receives, or has received, financial assistance from EPA for Brownfields assessment, revolving loan fund or cleanup competitive grants. States and certain eligible Indian Tribes currently receiving CERCLA Section 128 funding may propose to serve any community within their jurisdiction where the State or Indian Tribe is conducting site-specific Brownfields work (e.g., assessment or clean up activities) with State, Indian Tribal or Federal CERCLA Section 128 funds. For details see EPA's Office of Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment job training grant announcement. The closing date is September 8.
- June 14, 2006 - The National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) will be hosting its annual Brownfields Summit the 24th and 25th of July in Washington, DC. See the 2006 Brownfield Communities Network Summit flyer PDF (2 pp, 87K) for more information.
- March 30, 2006 - The 2006 Brownfields National Conference will be held November 13-15 in Boston, MA. For information on registration, travel scholarships, becoming an exhibitor and much more visit Brownfields 2006.
- March 30, 2006 - The 2006 Western Brownfields Workshop will take place June 5-7 in Tucson, AZ.
- "Save the Date" brochure PDF (2 pp, 632K)
- March 23, 2006 - The Phoenix Award™ Executive Committee is seeking redevelopment projects to recognize for excellence in brownfields redevelopment. The project participants will be honored at an awards ceremony during Brownfields 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts, November 13-15, 2006. The deadline for applications is Friday, June 30, 2006.
Please visit the Phoenix Awards Web site to download an application form and find out more information.
- January 25, 2006 - Do you have an idea for the 2006 National Brownfields Conference? If so, then use this convenient online submission process to get your idea in the hopper for this year's conference. The deadline for submitting is April 21, so don't delay and upload your idea today by clicking here.