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What is the CALReUSE Remediation Program?

Funded by Proposition 1C (The Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006), the California Recycle Underutilized Sites (CALReUSE) Remediation Program is making a total of $55 million in loans and grants available to communities and developers to pay for brownfield cleanup that promotes infill residential and mixed-use development, as defined by regional and local land-use plans. Grants and loans are up to $5 million for eligible projects.

The NBA’s Role as a CALReUSE Statewide Strategic Partner

As a Strategic Partner under the program, NBA is responsible for reviewing and scoring grant applications, evaluating and recommending projects to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority (CPCFA) for financing, and providing technical assistance to applicants, borrowers and grantees.

About the NBA

Collectively, the NBA and its members have been working to facilitate the "smart" development of brownfield and infill sites for 50 years.

The brownfield industry’s largest member-based organization, NBA brings to its partnership with CALReUSE the breadth of expertise to identify brownfield deals in need of loans/grants. Through its network in California and throughout the U.S. and Canada, the NBA specializes in loan underwriting and application processing, technical assistance, site assessment and remediation, community development, brownfield redevelopment and real estate economics.

The NBA CALReUSE Project Team

The NBA team, based in Sacramento, is comprised of the following organizations:

  • The National Brownfield Association
  • SCS Engineers
  • Peter Hollingworth, an independent financial consultant who founded the California Environmental Development Fund.

The team includes:

Team Leader: Executive Director/CEO, National Brownfield Association
Loan Underwriting: Peter Hollingworth, based in Sacramento, CA
Technical Expertise: Chris Nelson, REA, Project Manager, SCS Engineers, based in Northern California
Administrative: Michelle Pearce, business administration and accounting, based in Sacramento

Additional individuals involved in the Statewide Strategic Partnership/NBA team include:

  • Daniel E. Johnson, Vice President, SCS Engineers, Long Beach
  • Robert Doty, Partner, Cox, Castle and Nicholson, LLP, San Francisco (environmental law)
  • Kevin Noell, Chief Executive Officer, MetroNova Development, San Diego
  • Richard G. Opper, Founding Partner, Opper and Varco LLP, San Diego (environmental and land-use practice)

Eligibility Determination and Application Process

In order to determine applicant and project eligibility, a pre-screening discussion with our team should be conducted as soon as possible.

Applicant Resources

Use the links below as you fill out your loan/grant application.

  1. Mullin Densities:
  2. CPCFA CALReUSE Web Site:
  3. Regulations: - note emergency regulations were proposed for readoption by the Authority on 8/8/08. The Regulations begin with the Assessment Program; the Remediation Program Regulations begin on page 25 with Sub-Article 2, Section 8102.
  4. State Income Limits:
  5. U.S. Census Bureau:
  6. AAI Title 40, Part 312:
  7. Health and Safety Code: Check "Health and Safety Code" and search for a given section.
  8. Authority Board Meeting Calendar:
  9. Six-month LIBOR:

Contact Us

Please contact the National Brownfield Association CALReUSE Project Team at 888-708-0008, or Michelle Pearce, or send inquiries to the following address:

National Brownfield Association c/o SCS Engineers
3117 Fite Circle, Suite 108
Sacramento, CA 95827


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