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Community Resources for Brownfields Redevelopment. Deborah Orr Brownfields Coordinator U. S EPA, Region 5 May 2009. Brownfields Definition.

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    1. Community Resources for Brownfields Redevelopment Deborah Orr Brownfields Coordinator U. S EPA, Region 5 May 2009

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

    3. Subtitle A. Brownfields Revitalization Funding provides $200 million a year • Authorizes grants of up to $350K per site for assessment. • Authorizes grants of up to $200K per site for eligible entities, including not-for-profits, to clean up brownfields. • Authorizes grants of up to $200K for job training to eligible entitles. • Authorizes grants for up to $1M for revolving loan fund (RLF) program.

    4. Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) • A TBA is an environmental assessment of a site that is conducted by EPA at no cost to the recipient. • The assessment evaluates the risk posed by the site and can identify strategies that promote brownfields revitalization. • The information collected in the TBA helps the recipient of this service make informed decisions.

    5. Subtitle B. Brownfields Liability Clarifications • Contiguous Property Owner. Superfund liability relief for innocent persons who own property that is contaminated solely due to a release from a neighboring property, so long as the person did not cause or contribute to the release. • Innocent Landowners. Provides Superfund Liability relief for landowners who had no reason to know of contamination at the time of purchase. • Prospective Purchasers and Windfall Liens. Provides Superfund liability relief for future buyers of facilities who are not responsible for contamination.

    6. Who can apply? • General purpose unit of local government. • Land clearance authorities: quasi-governmental entities • Governmental entity created by State • Regional Council or groups of local government • Redevelopment agencies chartered or recognized by the state • Tribes • Not for profits – cleanups only

    7. All Appropriate Inquiries • BF law requires EPA to establish the AAI rule. • AAI effective date is November 1, 2006 • Property buyers who want CERCLA liability protection and eligible entities that use EPA BF funds are affected by AAI. • More information on AAI can be found at: www.epa.gov.brownfields

    8. Subtitle C. State and Tribal Response Programs • Bars Federal enforcement action for sites in State/Tribal cleanup programs in some circumstances. • Federal re-openers to ensure safety net (State/Tribal requests, endangerment, new information). • States/Tribes provides annual list of sites in response program. • Outline suggested elements of State/Tribal response programs. • Provides NPL deferral of site in State/Tribal Programs. • States/Tribes are provided $50 million a year to support brownfields programs.

    9. Stimulus Act Funding for Brownfields • $100 M nationally • $30 M estimated for Region 5 • Cost share requirements waived • The bulk of the Brownfields funding will be awarded to applicants that submitted proposals last November and will be named in April. • Region 5 anticipates 25 -30% of national totals

    10. State IL - 11 IN - 10 MI - 27 MN - 7 OH - 23 WI – 15 Tribal - 12 Grant Type Assessment - 60 Cleanup - 20 RLF - 7 Job training - 0 State/Tribal - 18 FY 2007Appropriations budget: Competitive funding is $74 million. EPA anticipates award of approximately 314 cooperative agreements. Successful proposals in Region 5 totaled 105.

    11. R5 BF Proposal Comparison2005 - 2008

    12. BF Region 5Annual Brownfields Grants 2001 - 2008

    13. Funds awarded starting in 1997 to redevelop several properties. Part of $1.4M award used to remediate old auto repair shop and build a LEED rated building --- the Jubilee Family Resource Center. Center provides full day/full year day care, Head Start, Infant Toddler and Youth Alternative programs Jobs created: 38 Assessment Success Story: Chicago, IL

    14. Area-wide assessment of 75 parcels Completed 25 residential units, many with green building elements. More homes under construction. Commercial and greenspace also being built. Assessment Success Story: Indianapolis, IN

    15. Funds awarded in 2005 in amount of $400,000. for petroleum and hazardous waste assessment. A former school bus garage is becoming a 40 unit senior citizens’ housing center Leveraged dollars: $3 to 4.0 Million Assessment Success Story: Eaton County, MI

    16. Hennepin County and Minnesota DEED awarded a total of $2.2Million in federal funds to St. Louis Park (?) A abandoned lead smelting and auto salvage yard has become a modern office and showroom. Leveraged dollars totaled $18,340,953. Redevelopment added $150,000. to local tax base annually and created over 350 new jobs. RLF Success Story: St. Louis Park, MN

    17. Grant awarded 2000 Amount of award: $2,883,500 and $500,000 in U.S. EPA RLF funds. Site of a safe and vault factory for over 100 years is now a Kroger store and mall Leveraged dollars: $6,866,500 Job created: 100 Cleanup Success Story: Hamilton, OHIO

    18. In 2004 the City of Milwaukee was awarded $200,000 to remediate a former dry cleaning facility. The result is five retail spaces and 21condominium units with parking. This project increased the land value over $6,000,000. Cleanup Success Story: Milwaukee, WI

    19. Brownfields Job Training Success Story • Office of Applied Innovations, Inc. in Chicago has an established partnership with the City of Chicago Greencorps to provide training. • Milwaukee Community Service Corps has been an excellent role model for job training providers in Region 5.

    20. Brownfields Funding Schedule for in FY2010 (draft) • Request for Proposal -- federal register August • Job Training Grant proposals due August • Assessment, Cleanup, and Revolving Loan Fund proposals -- mid October • Early Spring 2010 – Award Announcements • Funds available before October 1

    21. Sustainability Initiative: Reuse and Recycle of Construction Debris Debris consists of concrete, asphalt, wood, gypsum wallboard, asphalt roofing materials, metal, bricks, glass, plastics, building components, trees, soil, and rocks and is generally non-hazardous. City of Cleveland, OH efforts are being watched.

    22. Sustainability Initiative: Regional Brownfields Outreach • Partners with Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Illinois EPA launched initiative in 2008. • Strategy to ensure sustainable revitalization and reduction of greenhouse emissions are part of land use, transportation planning and urban development. • Goal to improve community access to support services.

    23. Sustainability Funding • Brownfield Sustainability pilots go mainstream in FY 2010. • EPA effort to promote environmental sustainability at local brownfields projects. • Projects receive technical assistance to support sustainable activities. • EPA awarded 16 Pilot communities with $20k-$50k each in technical assistance in July 2008.

    24. Community Action for a Renewed Environment – CARE Grants • Reduce exposures to toxic pollutants through collaborative action at the local level. • Help communities understand all potential sources of exposure to toxic pollutants. • Help communities set priorities for risk-reduction activities. • Create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve the local environment.

    25. CARE Roadmap

    26. CARE Facts and draft Schedule • Multi media approach to assessing risk in a community. • Offers two levels of cooperative agreement, Level 1: $90,000 and Level 2: $275,000. • National information sessions scheduled in February. • Request for Proposals due mid-March. • Announcement mid Summer. • For more info: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/cns/programs.html

    27. Training Opportunities • FY2010 Region 5 Brownfields Competitive Proposal Guideline Training, TBD • FY2009 Region 5 Brownfields Grants Administration Training, TBD • 2008 National Brownfields Conference, November 16 -18, 2009 New Orleans, LA.

    28. USEPA Region 5 Brownfields Contacts Deborah Orr 312.886.7576 The FY2010 grant application guidelines will be available at www.epa.gov/brownfields hopefully by early August.