Brownfields Center News & Announcements
"Cooperative Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration Workshop:
Working Together to Restore Injured Natural Resources." When natural resources
and their services are injured by hazardous substances or oil, how can affected
parties expeditiously and effectively restore these resources and services?
How can the damage assessment and restoration process be streamlined? What does
it take to bring affected parties to the tableand keep them at the tableto
resolve liabilities and ensure development of a common restoration vision? These
questions and more will be the focus of a workshop on Cooperative Natural Resource
Damage Assessment and Restoration to be held on June 9 and 10, 2004, at Rancho
Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California. The workshop will include participants
from federal and state government, industry, American Indian tribes, and environmental
groups. Workshop participants will discuss experiences and develop ideas to
enhance cooperation. To register or for more information, visit www.darp.noaa.gov/cap.htm.
EPA Announces Grants:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $73.1 million in grants under
the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act for projects
in 37 states and seven tribal communities. The funds include 117 assessment
grants totaling $30.7 million, 69 cleanup grants totaling $12 million, and 28
revolving loan fund grants totaling $30.4 million. For more information, visit
EPA's June 20 press
EPA Plans to Establish Rulemaking Committee:
The US Environmental Protection Agency published a notice of intent in the Federal
Register on March 6 to establish a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee under the
Federal Advisory Act and the Negotiated Rulemaking Act. The Committee met on
June 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C., to negotiate the contents of a proposed
regulation setting federal standards and practices for conducting all appropriate
inquiry. Meetings are open to the public and are announced in the Federal Register.
New Fund available for Brownfields Redevelopment
The California Center for Land Recycling
(CCLR) and the California Environmental Redevelopment
Fund (CERF) announced the availability of forgivable loans of up to $125,000
for brownfield site assessment and characterization, technical assistance, and
remedial action planning. The program, California Recycle Underutilized Sites
(Cal ReUSE), will provide funds to eligible projects, including sites with potential
beneficial reuse not currently redeveloped due to lack of information about
real or perceived contamination, uncertainty about clean-up costs, or concerns
regarding timeframes and the regulatory process.
Brownfields Center Co-Director Presents at Brownfields 2002:
Jay Pendergrass, co-director of ELI's Brownfields Center, gave presentations
on Institutional Controls and Long-Term Stewardship and State Voluntary Cleanup
and Brownfields Programs at Brownfields 2002 in Charlotte, North Carolina, November
13-15, 2002. He presented results from Eli'sAn
Analysis of State Superfund Programs: 50-State Study, 2001, which includes
extensive information about states' voluntary cleanup programs, brownfields
programs, and programs for long-term stewardship of contaminated land.
US EPA Works to Implement Brownfields Provision:
The US Environmental Protection Agency is beginning to implement a little-known
provision of the Brownfields Revitalization Act, signed by President Bush in
January, 2002, and mentioned below. As reported by the Center for Public Environmental
Oversight (CPEO), in Section 223 of the statute, Congress directs the EPA Administrator
to promulgate a regulation, within two years of enactment of the law, establishing
"standards and practices for the purpose of satisfying the requirement
to carry out all appropriate inquiries" under three sections of the law.
Those sections deal with Contiguous Properties, Prospective Purchases and Windfall
Liens, and Innocent Landowners. For further information, visit the CPEO Brownfields
Email List archive at www.cpeo.org.
NGA Releases Report on LTS:
The National Governors' Association released an issue brief titled "Funding
Long-term Stewardship at DOE's Weapons Sites: Tennessee's Perpetual Care Trust
Fund." The brief discusses a method being used by Tennessee to ensure long-term
funding to protect the public from hazardous or radioactive waste and contamination.
The Perpetual Care Trust Fund is currently being used at the Oak Ridge Reservation.
To view the document, click here.
CEPM Releases Practice Guides:
The University of Louisville Center for Environmental Policy and Management
produced a series of Practice Guides for use by local officials and staff. The
series is intended to provide tools to inform elected officials and other agency
staff about environmental planning issues and the economic and financial implications
of various policy choices. The Practice Guides, titled "Public Strategies
for Cost-Effective Community Brownfield Redevelopment," "Managing
Growth with Fairness: The Regulator Takings Test of Smart Growth Policies,"
and "Closing the Brownfield Information Gap: Practical Methods for Identifying
Brownfields," are available from the University's Environmental Finance
Center at http://cepm.louisville.edu/index.html
or from firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPEO Updates Online Technology Resource:
The Center for Public Environmental Oversight recently updated its "Technology
Tree" -- an interactive tool designed for citizens to gain easy access
to information on the latest technologies. In the past year, CPEO added 23 new
environmental cleanup technology overviews for a total of 118. The Tech Tree
includes a "Tech Chart," which allows users to match contaminants
with the appropriate technologies. The Tech Tree is available at www.cpeo.org/tree.html.
EPA Releases Final Guidelines and is Accepting Proposals for Revolving Loan
Fund and Cleanup Grants:
The US Environmental Protection Agency's assessment grants provide up to $200,000
over two years of funding to inventory, characterize, assess, conduct planning,
and encourage community involvement related to brownfield sites. Loan Fund grants
provide up to $1 million over five years of funding for a grant recipient to
capitalize a revolving loan fund and to provide subgrants to carry out cleanup
activities at brownfields sites. Cleanup grants provide up to $200,000 over
two years of funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at
brownfield sites. The brownfields grants will be selected on a competitive basis
using a two-step proposal selection process. The deadline for initial proposals
is December 16, 2002. Final proposals for those initial proposals with the highest
rankings will be due March 5, 2003. EPA's final guidelines are available at
Senate Hearing Addresses School Siting Issue:
On October 1st, the Environment and Public Works Committee conducted a hearing
on green initiatives at schools, including school siting in relation to toxic
waste sites. The Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment, and
Justice (CHEJ) testified on the need for school siting legislation. Testimony
is available online at www.senate.gov/%7Eepw/stm1_107.htm#10-01-02.
Brownfields Communities Receive Funding for Job Training:
The US Environmental Protection Agency selected 12 communities impacted by brownfields
to receive $750,000 under the Brownfields Job Training and Development Demonstration
Pilots. Project officials will use the supplemental funding to continue efforts
to train residents in the procedures for the handling and removal of hazardous
substances. More information is available at www.epa.gov/swerosps/bf/html-doc/jt0802.htm.
New Green Buildings on Brownfields Program:
The US Environmental Protection Agency announced an initiative to promote the
construction of environmentally friendly buildings on brownfields properties.
EPA is providing $15,000 worth of technical assistance to pilot projects in
eight states. More information is available at www.epa.gov/greenbuilding.
New Clearinghouse on Land Use Controls Available:
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) announced its new
online information clearinghouse about land use controls (LUCs) at brownfields
and other sites where contamination remains after cleanup. The web site, supported
by the US Environmental Protection Agency, includes an electronic library of
searchable documents and materials, news and events, and frequently asked questions.
The clearinghouse is available at www.lucs.org.
Phoenix Award Winners Announced:
The Phoenix Awards were created in 1997 to recognize innovative, yet practical
remediation projects in each of the ten US Environmental Protection Agency regions.
The Phoenix Awards will be presented at Brownfields 2002 in Charlotte, North
Carolina. More information is available at www.dep.state.pa.us/hosting/phoenixawards/default.htm.
EPA Launches Web Tool:
The US Environmental Protection Agency launched a web site designed to promote
the cleanup and reuse of brownfield properties across the nation that are regulated
by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The RCRA Brownfields Prevention
Initiative web site will provide easy access to information about the reuse
of brownfield properties where hazardous waste was generated, treated, stored,
or disposed. The site is online at www.epa.gov/swerosps/rcrabf/index.html.
Brownfields Law Passed:
On December 21st, 2001, the US House of Representatives passed the Small Business
Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (HR 2869). It was signed
by President Bush on January 11, 2002. The bill combines the Small Business
Liability Relief Act (HR 1831) and the Brownfields Reform Legislation (S 350).
The short title, as introduced is: To provide certain relief for small businesses
from liability under the Comprehension Environmental Response, Compensation,
and Liability Act of 1980, and to amend such Act to promote the cleanup and
reuse of brownfields, to provide financial assistance for brownfields revitalization,
to enhance State response programs, and for other purposes. To view the full
text of the bill in PDF click here. Meeting
notes and legislation details are available at www.epa.gov/brownfields/sblrbra.htm.
October 27 - 29, 2003
The Business of Brownfields
November 17 - 18, 2003
ELI releases citizen handbook
on Environmental Justice.
Long Term Stewardship
of Department of Energy Sites Presents Challenges For Local Government.
Ford Grant Will
Upgrade ELI Brownfields Program.
Helps Landowners Clean Up Brownfields.
Real Audio File:
September 28, 2000 Associates Seminar on ELIís Brownfield Center and other brownfield