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Brownfield Grants 101. Jason Seyler VCRA / CALA / Brownfields Coordinator Department of Environmental Quality Remediation Division P.O. Box 200901 Helena, MT 59620-0901 [email protected] - 406-841-5071. What is a Brownfield?.

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brownfield grants 101

Brownfield Grants 101

Jason Seyler

VCRA / CALA / Brownfields Coordinator

Department of Environmental Quality

Remediation Division

P.O. Box 200901

Helena, MT 59620-0901

[email protected] - 406-841-5071

what is a brownfield
What is a Brownfield?

“real property, expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant”

what is not a brownfields
What is not a Brownfields
  • Sites listed or proposed for listing on the National Priorities List (Federal Superfund)
  • Sites subject to unilateral administrative orders, court orders, administrative orders on consent or judicial consent decrees issued to or entered into by parties under CERCLA
  • Sites that are subject to the jurisdiction, custody or control of the United States Government
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What tools are available to help you redevelop

a local brownfields site?

  • Montana Brownfields Assessments from Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
  • Targeted Brownfields Assessments from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Assessment, Cleanup, Revolving Loan Fund and Job Training Grants from EPA
  • Assistance with EPA Brownfields Grant Applications from DEQ
targeted brownfield assessments from deq and epa
Targeted Brownfield AssessmentsFrom DEQ and EPA
  • May encompass one or more of the following:
    • Phase I assessment – researching and compiling a history of the site to find out what potential contamination may be at the site who may be liable for the contamination
    • Phase II assessment – actual sampling of soil, groundwater, surface water or other contaminated media
    • Establishment of Cleanup Options
targeted brownfield assessments from deq and epa1
Targeted Brownfield AssessmentsFrom DEQ and EPA
  • They’re easy!!!!
    • Open application
    • You don’t have to own the site
    • DEQ or EPA hires the consultant
    • Consultant does the work
    • You get a final report – which could help transition into the VCP process
    • Available to nonprofits
  • DEQ has limited funds; however…
  • EPA has stimulus funds still available!!!
targeted brownfield assessments from deq and epa2
Targeted Brownfield AssessmentsFrom DEQ and EPA
  • How Do I apply?
    • Contact the Brownfield coordinator
      • DEQ: Jason Seyler, Amy Steinmetz, Becky Holmes
      • EPA: Bill Rothenmeyer (303-312-6045) and Stephanie Wallace (406-457-5018)
    • Fill out an application
      • http://deq.mt.gov/Brownfields/PDFs/MTTBAapplication.pdf
      • http://www.epa.gov/region08/land_waste/bfhome/pdf/TBA_Application.pdf
epa job training grants
EPA Job Training Grants
  • Grants to train people for jobs in the environmental field
    • up to $200,000 over two years
    • Examples include: HAZWOPER, Asbestos, Lead Abatement, etc...
epa assessment grants
EPA Assessment Grants
  • Grants to assess extent of contamination
    • Community wide or Site Specific
    • Phase I, Phase II or establishment of cleanup options
    • $200,000 (can be increased to $350,000) over three years
    • Can be used for a VCP
    • Applications due in early Fall
epa cleanup grants
EPA Cleanup Grants
  • Grants to clean up property so it can be redeveloped or reused
    • Must own property
    • Maximum $200,000 per site over three years
    • Can be used to implement the Remediation Proposal (RP) VCP
    • Requires a 20 percent cost share (hardship waivers are available)
    • Applications due in early Fall
epa revolving loan fund grants
EPA Revolving Loan Fund Grants
  • Grants to loan and grant money to entities cleaning up Brownfields property
    • Up to $1 million over 5 years
    • Provides low interest loans and/or subgrants
    • Can provide an ongoing source of capital within a community
ideal scenario
“Ideal Scenario”
  • Identify a Brownfields property
  • Assess site using either a TBA and/or Assessment grant resulting in an approved EA-VCP and RP-VCP
  • Cleanup site using RLF or Cleanup grant by following an approved RP-VCP
  • Site delisted and ready for redevelopment
resources
Resources
  • Give us a call:
    • DEQ: Jason, Amy, and Becky
    • EPA: Stephanie
  • Brownfields Listserve:
    • http://svc.mt.gov/deq/ListServe/BrownfieldsStep1.asp
  • Websites:
    • http://deq.mt.gov/brownfields/default.mcpx
    • http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/grant_info/index.htm
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