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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



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!!!


Kalispell Feed and Grain

Flathead County


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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