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Join us for a webinar: What the BUILD Act could build
Last month, Senators Lautenberg (D-NJ), Inhofe (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID), and Udall (D-NM) introduced the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2013. The legislation would reauthorize EPA’s Brownfields Program, as well as expand non-profit eligibility to receive brownfields grants and allow the EPA to award flexible multipurpose grants to take into account the varied nature of many projects.
Since the bill was introduced we have been profiling sucessful brownfields redevelopment from across the country. Learn more about what the BUILD Act could build or voice your support for the BUILD Act: send a letter to your Senators today
Join us for a webinar on May 8 at 2:00 pm EDT. We will discuss the BUILD Act, changes to the Brownfields Program, and how you can speak out and share your story. Learn more and register
Grand Blanc to Promote GM Site at Conference
The recent decision by General Motors (GM) to leave Grand Blanc, Michigan has local township and city officials active, even if it means making a policy exception which prohibits out of town conferences.
However, the conference, to be held in Atlanta, GA in mid-May, is going to be a hot spot for community leaders looking to push their site as the one to be redeveloped, and both the City Manager Paul Brake and Township Superintendent Keith Edwards, plan to "sell" GM to prospective buyers.
For the entire article, see http://grandblancview.mihomepaper.com/news/2013-04-18/Front_Page/Twp_city_to_plug_GM_site_at_Brownfield_conference.html
What President Obama’s budget proposal means for community development programs
Crossposted from The Atlantic Cities
President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 focuses on economic growth and a strong middle class. Better urban development isn’t the first item on that agenda, but it’s an important part of the administration’s priorities for the coming year.
Three agencies in particular are at the core of that work, with offices dedicated to making sure community development contributes to regional and national economic growth. The president’s 2014 budget would change how each of these agencies invest in community development. Here’s how it breaks down: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2013/04/10/what-president-obamas-budget-proposal-means-for-community-development-programs/
Defective barrier and Delco Remy plant, Anderson, Indiana
Federal environmental officials hope work can begin this year to rebuild a defective underground barrier that was meant to contain contaminated soil and groundwater from migrating off the former Delco Remy Plant 7 property.
Built in 1940 and expanded several times over the next several decades, Plant 7, 2900 S. Scatterfield Road, manufactured auto parts such as horns, light switches, turn signals and aluminum castings for alternators, distributors and starter motors.
For the entire article, see http://heraldbulletin.com/local/x1915234580/EPA-officials-hope-environmental-fix-at-Plant-7-can-begin-this-year
Comptroller's report on New York State's Brownfield Cleanup Program
The New York State Legislature should examine options to restructure the state's primary program to revitalize contaminated properties – the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) - in order to fully achieve the important economic, public health and environmental goals set when the program was created, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
For the entire release, see https://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/apr13/042213.htm
For the entire report, see http://www.osc.state.ny.us/reports/environmental/brownfields_restoration13.pdf
Cleanup slated for Niagara Iron Works Apartment Site
Once a brownfield cleanup is completed, an Erie County (New York) real estate development firm plans to build about 110 units of apartments and town homes on a Niagara River waterfront site.
Lucian Visone of Clarence, who with Jeffry Rockoff of Amherst owns Rock One Development, presented the idea to the North Tonawanda Planning Board in the past month. Visone said he intends to seek the necessary approval for his project while the environmental cleanup is going on.
The 5.95-acre site was home to Niagara Iron Works, later Tonawanda Iron Works, from 1886 to 1972, according to Kristen Davidson of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
For the entire article, see http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130420/CITYANDREGION/130429866/1003
Michigan "State DEQ: Brownfield loan program underused"
The state has close to $5 million available to loan to clean up old gas stations, trucking centers and other contaminated sites for redevelopment.
But it doesn't have as many takers as it would like. It says the economy has left some local governments skittish about applying.
For the entire article, see http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20130420/BUSINESS/304200052/State-DEQ-Brownfield-loan-program-underused
Chevy in the Hole from Brownfield to green space
General Motors plants once stood just northwest of downtown, between Kearsley St. and University Ave. in a geographically depressed area deemed "Chevy in the Hole." This sub-area of Flint's Master Plan has hopes of eventually becoming a student-centered space, with intentions of revitalizing the seemingly lost pathway between the two universities.
For the entire article, see http://www.themichigantimes.com/article/2013/04/chevy-in-the-hole-from-brownfield-to-green-space
EFG-Clermont Terrace, LLC Secures Site For Redevelopment
The latest chapter in a major Union Township, New Jersey redevelopment project is being written with the sale of the former National Envelope Corporation facility to EFG-Clermont Terrace, LLC, an EnviroFinance® Group company doing business in New Jersey. EFG-Clermont Terrace, LLC (EFG-CT) intends to change the nature of the site with the creation of a vibrant residential community.
The approximately 15-acre property was sold by the estate of the bankrupt National Envelope Company - East. Terms were not disclosed. NEC Holdings Corp. declared bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code on June 10, 2010, and later converted to a Chapter 7 case on December 13, 2011. http://www.envirofinancegroup.com/projects/residential/
EPA releases Vapor Intrusion guidances for external review
U.S. EPA has just released two "Final" vapor intrusion guidances for external review, taking public comment until May 24, 2013. Until now, EPA was only taking comments on the technical papers that form the basis of the larger, general guidance. This is a great opportunity for all parties to contribute to the long-awaited document.
To download "OSWER Final Guidance For Assessing And Mitigating The Vapor Intrusion Pathway From Subsurface Sources To Indoor Air - External Review Draft" (196 pp, 4.1MB PDF), go to http://www.epa.gov/oswer/vaporintrusion/documents/vaporIntrusion-final-guidance-20130411-reviewdraft.pdf