Brownfields Cleanup & Redevelopment
As part of the EPA Administrators priority to cleanup communities, the EPA Region 4 Brownfields Program provides funds and technical assistance to States, communities and other public and nonprofit partners to identify, assess, safely cleanup, and plan for revitalization/reuse of Brownfields properties in the Southeastern US. The Brownfields Program works under the authority of Public Law 107-118 (H.R. 2869): "Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act", commonly known as the Brownfields Law.
Now Available!!The Assessment and Cleanup Guidelines are now publically available and should be posted on http://www.grants.gov very soon. The Guidelines are posted on the OSWER website http://www.epa.gov/oswer/grants-funding.htm and will also be posted, along with the supplemental guidance documents, on the OBLR website http://www.epa.gov/swerosps/bf/applicat.htm.
The direct link to the Guidelines are:Assessment: http://www.epa.gov/oswer/docs/grants/epa-oswer-oblr-14-07.pdf
Proposals are due December 19, 2014.
Presentations From The Atlanta 2014 Brownfields Workshop, October 7-9, 2014.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 / Administrator's Priorities:
Administrator's Priorities | Barbara Alfano & Rachel Lentz | Download PDF
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 / Begin with the End in Mind:
Begin with the End in Mind | Bob Rosen, Margaret Olson, Jennifer Wilford, Mary DeFoote, Zoe Mansfield | Download PDF
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 / Community Engagement Best Practices:
Community Engagement Best Practices | Brian Holtzclaw | Download PDF
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 / Health Monitoring:
ATSDR | Leann Bing | Download PDF
Cardno TBE | Miles Ballogg | Download PDF
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 / The Atlanta Beltline:
Atlanta Beltline, Inc. | Lee Harrop | Download PDF
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 / Importance of the State Role:
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources | Bruce Nicholson | Not Available
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Revolving Loan Fund:
Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Track | Wanda Jennings, Margaret Olson | Download PDF
If you would like a disk copy of the RLF Track Booklet (include 22 tabs), please email your request to Wanda Jennings at, Jennings.firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Nuts & Bolts & Updates:
Phase I/II Assessments | Jay Estes | Download PDF
Quality Assurance Project Plans | David Champagne | Download PDF
All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) & new ASTM Standards | Barbara Alfano | Download PDF
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Tools:
Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) System | Wayne Taylor | Download PDF
Minority Business Enterprise/Women's Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) | Stacy Hill | Download PDF
Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES) | Frank Gardner | Download PDF
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Where's the Money?:
Stimulating Economic Development Using USDA Rural Development Programs | Bryan Zulko | Download PDF
U.S. Economic Development Agency | Jonathan Corso & Milton Cochran | Download PDF
U.S. Department of Transportation | Kevin Moody | Not Available
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Stephen Hand | Download PDF
Emory University | Melanie Pearson | Download PDF
City of Montgomery, Alabama | Clare Watson | Download PDF
Community Smith LLC | Holton Wilkerson | Download PDF
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Cynthia Edwards | Download PDF
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Return on Investment (ROI):
South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control | Robert Hodges | Not Available
Columbia Development Corporation | Fred Delk | Not Available
Keller Williams Realty | Keith Sharp | Not Available
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Grant Management Updates:
Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES) | Frank Gardner | Download PDF
All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) Updates | Barbara Alfano | Download PDF
Thursday, October 9, 2014 / Important Brownfields Tools: Land Banks and Land Trusts:
Atlanta Land Bank Authority | Chris Norman | Download PDF
Westside Atlanta Land Trust | Pamela Flores | Download PDF
Keller Williams Realty | Keith Sharp | Download PDF
Thursday, October 9, 2014 / Partnership Successes and Challenges:
City of Knoxville | Anne Wallace | Download PDF
Greenville, North Carolina | Tom Wisemiller | Download PDF
Gainestreet Corridor | Koren Taylor | Download PDF
The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm | Michael Goldstein | Download PDF
Many communities already have standard RFP or RFQ procedures and standards. We have also provided a few samples below which may help you add elements you may not have thought of. You may not need all the components contained within these examples and should feel free to customize the components to your specific needs. A few additional points are worth mentioning. Every cooperative agreement awarded by EPA comes with a set of specific Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) which guide recipient practices such as procuring contractors, providing drinks and snacks at public meetings and so forth. These conditions apply to the downstream recipients of the funds such as your contractors and their subcontractors. The T&Cs should be disclosed at the time of bidding to assure bidders are aware of these contracting conditions. You may contact your project officer for a copy of the applicable T&Cs if you do not yet have them. Further, your contract management practices will be smoother if someone on your team is tasked with overseeing and directing the technical aspects of your contractor/consultants work. This assures compliance with grant T&Cs and is solely the responsibility of the grantee and not the State or EPA. Identify the person(s) who will take on that role for your cooperative agreement, if you have not already done so, and allow that person to assist you with evaluating the qualifications and/or proposals.
FY2014 Proposal Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants
EPA has published its request for Brownfield proposals for Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants.
The FY 2014 Proposal Guidelines are posted to the EPA national Brownfields website at: http://www.epa.gov/oswer/grants-funding.htm. These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants.
Opportunities for funding are as follows:
- Brownfield Assessment Grants: (each funded up to $400,000 over three years; $600,000 for Assessment Coalitions) provide funding to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to Brownfield sites;
- Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants: (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years) provide funding to capitalize a revolving fund and to make loans and provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at Brownfield sites; and
- Brownfield Cleanup Grants: (each funded up to $200,000 over three years) provide funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at Brownfield sites that are owned by the grant recipient. Up to three sites may be applied for each year.
The National Program Office, located within the US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, provides policies, guidance and direction to the Regional Brownfields Programs.
The Land Revitalization Program provides assistance to State, local, and private sector partners, to restore contaminated land to reusable, marketable real estate development opportunities. Our Land Revitalization website has a variety of information about revitalization and reuse, including revitalization tools and resources.
Looking for additional funds to support your Brownfields or Land Revitalization efforts? Check out the Brownfields Federal Programs Guide - 2011 Edition .
Region 4 State and Tribal PartnersThe Region 4 Brownfields Program works closely with its State and Tribal partners to facilitate Brownfields cleanup and revitalization in the Southeast.
Region 4 State and Tribal Brownfields and Land Revitalization InformationBy clicking on the state and tribal web page links, you will be leaving the EPA.gov domain and entering an external link. These links provides additional information that may be useful or interesting and is being provided consistent with the intended purpose of the EPA Web site. However, EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by these links or any other linked site.
EPA Region 4 has created several useful centralized web-based toolkits to assist local governments, citizens, businesses and environmental regulators in identifying information to develop, evaluate, support, and/or expand programs in air quality, waste, revitalization projects and water. These toolkits offer detailed tutorials on various "how-tos" to help turn great ideas into positive accomplishments.
- Municipal Government Toolkit-The Municipal Government Toolkit (MGTK) was designed to provide the information and resources necessary for state and local governments to make successful recycling programs a reality. The MGTK is a compilation of fact sheets, case studies, recycling reports, and links to online tools aimed at helping you improve your community recycling program.
- Underground Storage Tank Toolkit-The Underground Storage Tank Toolkit was designed to provide the information and resources necessary for state and local governments to maintain their underground storage tank systems.
- Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments-This Toolkit is designed to assist local governments in identifying and removing permitting barriers to sustainable design and green building practices. It provides a resource for communities interested in conducting their own internal evaluation of how local codes/ordinances either facilitate or impede a sustainable built environment, including the design, construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of a building and its immediate site.