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NJFuture Redevelopment Forum 2016 Mitchell

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NJFuture Redevelopment Forum 2016 Mitchell

  1. 1. BROWNFIELDS: THE INNOVATIVE USE AND RE-USE OF LANDFILLS AND BROWNFIELDS REDEVELOPMENT Schenine Mitchell U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 2016 REDEVELOPMENT FORUM New Jersey Future March 11, 2016
  2. 2.  Overview of EPA Grants  Focus on Area Wide Planning  Other Program Initiatives & Priorities  Re-Powering America’s Land 2 TOPICS OF DISCUSSION
  3. 3. EPA’S COMMITMENT TO MAKING MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCES IN COMMUNITIES • Grant Types: • Brownfields Area-Wide Planning • Brownfields Assessment • Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund • Brownfields Cleanup • Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training • State and Tribal Response Program • Technical Assistance: • Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) • Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) • Land Revitalization Project Assistance 3
  4. 4. AUTHORIZED BROWNFIELD FUNDING 4 Assessment Grants Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants Cleanup Grants Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Targeted Brownfield Assessments State and Tribal Response Program Grants Up to $200 Million $50 Million States and Tribes Area Wide Planning Grants
  5. 5. BROWNFIELDS ASSESSMENT GRANTS 5 $200K Hazardous Substances $200K Petroleum* Single Site **Community-Wide Assessment Coalition Assessment • Inventory Brownfields • Phase I/II Environmental Assessments • Cleanup/Reuse Plans • Community and Stakeholder Outreach *Petroleum sites are eligible IF • “Relatively low risk site” when compared with other petroleum contaminated site • No viable RP • Site will be assessed or cleaned up by a person who is not potentially liable for cleaning up site • Not subject to RCRA 9003 (h) order **EPA approved waiver to $350K
  6. 6. BROWNFIELD CLEANUP GRANTS 6 $200K Hazardous and Petroleum Substances Combined $200K Petroleum$200K Hazardous Single Site • Direct costs associated with the cleanup of the site • Direct costs associated with programmatic management • A portion of the grant may be used to purchase environmental insurance • A local government can use up to 10% of grant funds for health monitoring, monitoring and enforcement of institutional controls, and any related program development and implementation activities. 20% cost share required as a match
  7. 7. BROWNFIELDS REVOLVING LOAN FUND GRANTS 7 Revolving Loan Fund *Cleanup Sub-Grant*RLF Loan • At least 50% of the total award amount • Provide no-interest or low interest loans for Brownfields Cleanups • Maximum 50% of total award amount • Does not require repayment $1M Hazardous $1M Petroleum $1M Hazardous &Petroleum *Eligible cleanup activities covered 20% cost share required as a match
  8. 8. ENVIRONMENTAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND JOB TRAINING GRANTS 8 • Hazardous waste training • Solid waste management or cleanup training • Superfund site cleanup and innovative and alternative treatment technologies training • Emergency planning, preparedness, and response training Applicants may choose to deliver a variety of environmental training: • Enhanced environmental health and safety training • Integrated pest management (IPM) training • Alternative energy technologies • Wastewater treatment training, such as wastewater treatment facility operations training $200K Funding The Fortune Society, NY
  9. 9. TYPES OF GRANTS 9 Assessment Revolving Loan Fund Cleanup Job Training EWDJT Area Wide Planning Applicant Eligibility Government, Quasi Government, Regional Councils, Tribes Government, Quasi Government, Regional Councils, Tribes Government, Quasi Government, Regional Councils, Tribes, Non Profits Government, Quasi Government, Regional Councils, Tribes, Non Profits, Colleges Government, Quasi Government, Regional Councils, Tribes, Non Profits Amount of funding available • Up to $400K for community- wide • Up to $200,000 or up to $350,000 for Site Specific • Up to $600,000 for a coalition • Up to $1 million • Up to $200,000 per site • Up to 3 sites totaling $600,000 • Up to $200,000 • Up to $200,000 Cost share requirement n/a 20% cost share 20% cost share n/a n/a Period of performance 3 years 5 years 3 years 3 years 2 years
  10. 10. BROWNFIELDS AREA-WIDE PLANNING (BF AWP) Yonkers, NY 2-year grant given to:  Assist with community involvement, research planning and implementation strategies related to brownfields cleanup and reuse  Focus on catalyst/high priority brownfields sites and the surrounding areas Common grant-funded activities:  Identifying community priorities  Evaluating existing conditions  Brownfields site reuse planning  Developing a brownfields area-wide plan; and  Identifying resources or leveraging opportunities to implement plan Camden, NJ
  11. 11.  Multiple sites are often connected through proximity and infrastructure  Brownfields limit the economic, environmental and social prosperity of their surroundings  Approaching brownfields cleanup and reuse collectively within the area can be more effective than a single site focus  Strategic site(s) can serve as the catalysts for area revitalization – projects focus around those opportunities  Area revitalization is critical to the successful long-term reuse of the brownfields USING AN AREA WIDE APPROACH Groundwork Hudson Valley, NY AWP Grant Local planning meeting Local trail design concept
  12. 12. BF AWP GRANT COMPETITIONS Three rounds held so far  FY10 = 23 pilot projects 16 local governments, 1 tribe, 5 non-profits, 1 regional planning commission  FY13 = 20 projects 14 local governments, 5 non-profits, 1 regional planning agency  FY15 = 20 projects have been selected Project areas included waterfronts, old industrial areas, neighborhoods, downtown districts, commercial corridors * For FY17, the request for proposals will be announced this Spring ! Ironbound Community Corporation, Newark NJ
  13. 13. IDEAS & LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE 23 PILOT PROJECTS 7 Cross-Project Themes • Manage for Successful Community Involvement • Form and Maintain Strong and Supportive Partnerships • Identify What Is Feasible • Prioritize Sites and Projects • Develop Strategies for Plan Implementation Throughout the BF AWP Process • Maximize Resources Through Targeted Project Area Investments and Leveraging • Maintain Strong Project Management Throughout the Project Summary and full report at: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/areawide_grants.htm
  14. 14. ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL/RURAL COMMUNITIES • 60% of proposals received were from non-urban communities. Increase over FY13 when it was 57%. • 44% of those were 10k pop or less. • Recommended funding 63% non-urban and 37% urban – commensurate w/ what we received. • Micro-community success rate of 31% - commensurate w/ our overall success rate of 30%. • Other assistance for small/rural communities: • Provide technical assistance in proposal reviews through our TAB providers • TBAs for those not successful or without the capacity to manage a grant • EPA outreach/Land Revitalization assistance 14
  15. 15. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO BROWNFIELDS (TAB) 15 Tools • Workshops and Webinars • Resource Center • Special Projects • One-on-One Assistance • Web-based Tools • Newsletters and Case Studies Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) Serves EPA Regions 2, 4, 9, & 10 Sarah Sieloff (415) 398-1080 sarah.sieloff@cclr.org Website: www.CCLR.org Technical assistance provided through the TAB Program helps communities across the country increase their understanding and involvement in brownfields cleanup and revitalization and assists in moving brownfields sites forward in the process toward cleanup and reuse. Areas of assistance include: Community and stakeholder involvement, Health impacts of brownfield sites, Science and technology relating to brownfield site assessment, remediation, and site preparation activities, Brownfield finance, Integrated approaches to brownfield cleanup and redevelopment, Sources of brownfields assessment and cleanup funding, State brownfields and voluntary cleanup program requirements, and Brownfields redevelopment activities
  16. 16. TARGETED BROWNFIELD ASSESSMENTS (TBA) 16 TBAs may include: • An “all appropriate inquiries” assessment (Phase I), including a historical investigation and a preliminary site inspection; • A more in-depth environmental site assessment (Phase II), including sampling activities to identify the types and concentrations of contaminants and the areas to be cleaned; and • Evaluation of cleanup options and/or cost estimates based on future uses and redevelopment plans. Eligible entities include: state, local and tribal governments; general purpose units of local government, land clearance authorities or other quasi- governmental entities; regional council or redevelopment agencies; states or legislatures; or nonprofit organizations. The TBA program is not a grant program, but a service provided through an EPA contract in which EPA directs a contractor to conduct environmental assessment activities to address the requester’s needs. Unlike grants, EPA does not provide funding directly to the entity requesting the services. TBA assistance is available through EPA’s Regional Brownfields offices.
  17. 17. NEW TRAINING, RESEARCH, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS • Council of Development Finance Agencies ($999k, 5 years) • Provide direct technical assistance through workshops, project marketplaces and project response teams to identify financing options for brownfields projects • Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech ($1 M, 5 years) • Develop and pilot test a “Community Benefits Calculator” • Groundwork USA ($928k, 5 years) • Provide direct technical assistance to low-income communities, w/ focus on BF AWP grantees, to integrate community involvement in the planning processes for brownfields reuses, including equitable development strategies. • Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) ($998k, 5 years) • Provide direct technical assistance to existing and potential Brownfields Job Training grantees with peer-to-peer networking and trainings 17
  18. 18. BIOMASS SOLAR RE-Powering America’s Land Encourages renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites when such development is aligned with the community's vision for the site. 18
  19. 19. EPA’S RE-POWERING AMERICA’S LAND PROGRAM • Provides technical assistance support to parties interested in siting renewable energy development on contaminated sites (brownfields, superfund sites, RCRA sites) • More information visit: http://www.epa.gov/oswercpa/ 19
  20. 20. Thank You Schenine Mitchell Brownfields Program Manager U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mitchell.Schenine@epa.gov (212) 637-3283 http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields- and-land-revitalization-new-jersey-new-york- puerto-rico-and-us-virgin 20

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