The North Carolina Brownfields Program, authorized by the state statute known as the Brownfields Property Reuse Act, provides a mechanism to treat prospective developers of brownfield sites differently than the parties responsible for contaminating them. Prospective developers negotiate a brownfields agreement with the program that defines activities needed to make the site suitable for reuse, rather than cleaning up the site to regulatory standards (which responsible parties are required to do).
March 31, 2015
Brownfields 2015 Slated for September 2-4 in Chicago
Ever want to get inside the mind of a developer? Want to understand how environmental liability works, both within and outside of a brownfields context? Want to know what is important to lenders on brownfields projects? Community outreach and planning? Land banking? Leveraging investment? Going from grants to brick and mortar? Learning brownfields lessons from others who have lived it? Whether you are a brownfields veteran or a novice just becoming acquainted with redeveloping contaminated property, you will benefit by attending the greatest brownfields learning opportunity on earth when Brownfields 2015 comes to Chicago, September 2-4. Make your plans now!
October 23, 2014
Program Provides Template Fill-in Form for the Standard Environmental Management Plan
The Brownfields Program frequently requires an environmental management plan (EMP) in its brownfields agreements. It is designed to ensure that there is an approved plan for handling contaminated media at the property during construction/development activities. We have seen wide range of plans produced at various sites and are aware that there has been some uncertainty in environmental consultants producing these plans. Our object in producing this template is to distill the plan into its most important components and make it as simple as a fill-in form. Our goal is to both standardize and streamline Environmental Management Plans, ensuring that the data we need will be provided and reduce the number of review cycles required. We hope this also reduces the overall cost to prospective developers, both in time and money.
The plans can be found in our Statute and Guidance section of our Web site. Please be advised that the plan should only be prepared at the request of your project manager. This is important because not all plans will be produced at the same time….at some projects it will be necessary only after completion of the brownfields agreement and some projects will need them prior to completion. Also, not all sites will require such a plan. Therefore, to avoid uncertainty and unnecessary work and reviews, the timing for producing such plans should be set by your project manager.
The Program would like to thank all of the stakeholders who provided comments on this form as we produced it. If you have any questions or comments about the Template, please check with your project manager.
August 7, 2014
ReVenture Park Receives U.S.EPA's "Excellence in Site Reuse" Award
ReVenture Park, Charlotte’s first Eco-Industrial Park, is located on a former 667-acre textile dye-manufacturing complex. It has become a national redevelopment model that can be duplicated on dormant industrial sites scattered throughout the country. This once-shuttered manufacturing complex has been turned into a thriving hub of clean energy innovation and eco-friendly technologies. The U.S. EPA honored ReVenture Park with the “Excellence in Site Reuse” Award today during ReVenture’s public unveiling ceremony, attended by Governor Pat McCrory.
EPA Region 4 created the Excellence in Site Reuse award to recognize those who have made outstanding efforts to reuse a Superfund site through cooperative efforts with EPA. Selected recipients have gone above and beyond to ensure sites are reused in a manner compatible with site remedies and that makes sites’ beneficial use possible for many years to come. Forsite Development, Inc. is being recognized for its commitment to safely and sustainably reuse a property along the Catawba River that was formerly contaminated by years of industrial operations.
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July 29, 2014
EPA is ANNOUNCING Availability of New FY 2015 Area-Wide Planning Grants
EPA is announcing the availability of funding to eligible entities who wish to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. This funding is for research, technical assistance, and/or training activities directed to one or more brownfield site(s) located in a specific area (such as a neighborhood, district, local commercial corridor, community waterfront or city block). Each project funded under this grant must result in an area-wide plan which includes specific plan implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields site(s) as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 projects in total, funded at up to $200,000 each. Please note that applicants who received a Brownfield Area Wide Planning Grant (BF AWP grant) from EPA in Fiscal Year 2010 or 2013 (FY10 or FY13) are not eligible to apply under this competition. The proposal submission deadline is September 22, 2014.
EPA will provide two guidelines outreach webinars. The same information will be presented at each webinar. For information on how to join each webinar click here. The Webinar times/dates are:
We are also pleased to share the following compilation of ideas and key lessons learned on brownfields area-wide planning (BF AWP), based on the experiences with 23 pilot communities. Included in this report are ideas, advice and examples on project approaches that the pilot communities found particularly useful, constructive and effective for helping AWP grantees successfully manage their process and develop a plan implementation strategy.
More information on EPA’s BF AWP Grant program can be found on the EPA Brownfields Website.
May 28, 2014
EPA Selects 9 North Carolina Communities for New Brownfields Investment Grants to Boost Local Economics, Leverage Job Creation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that 171 communities nationwide were awarded 264 grants totaling $67 million in brownfields funding to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. Of these 171 grant-winning communities nationwide, 9 are in North Carolina. These 9 communities will receive grants totaling $4 million in brownfields funding to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. The FY14 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grants will give communities and businesses a chance to return economic stability to under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods through the assessment and clean-up of abandoned industrial and commercial properties, places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed.
The North Carolina communities receiving the FY14 grants are: Aberdeen; Dunn; High Point; Kinston;
Salisbury; Sanford; Wilmington; Wilson; and the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments.
For more detailed information on these grants, go to the US EPA Brownfields Grant Fact Sheet Search webpage by clicking here.
May 16, 2014
Announcing HUD Grants to Local Governments for Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control (LBPHC) Grant Program and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) Grant Program will award up to 30 grants for fiscal year 2014.
The overarching purpose of the LBPHC Grant Program and the LHRD Grant Program is to assist states, cities, counties/parishes, Native American Tribes or other units of local government in undertaking comprehensive programs to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately owned rental or owner-occupied housing; the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program is targeted to urban jurisdictions with the greatest lead-based paint hazard control needs.
The closing date for applications is June 27, 2014.
For more detailed information, go to:
April 30, 2014
Vapor Intrusion Guidance
The Division of Waste Management (DWM) has developed guidance for environmental professionals and internal staff to assist in the investigation and evaluation of vapor intrusion at contaminated sites.
This guidance is applicable anywhere a vapor intrusion investigation is warranted by a program in DWM, except for the Underground Storage Tanks (UST) Section.
The DWM Vapor Intrusion Guidance document and associated screening level documents and tables have officially been released and are now available via a link on the DWM Home Page or can be found at:
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