2018 State of Brownfields: A State and Federal Policy Update

The 2018 State of Brownfields event featured a breakdown of key Minnesota and Federal policy initiatives from the past year. In addition, attendees were presented with a brief update on the Minnesota Brightfields Initiative: an interdisciplinary group working to advance solar energy on capped landfills in Minnesota.

Date:
June 19, 2018

Speakers:


Matt Glaesman, City of St. Cloud
Monte Hilleman, St. Paul Port Authority 
Paul Hyde, Hyde Development
Lucy McMartin, City of Winona
Senator Erik Simonson, Minnesota Senate (Jobs & Economic Growth Finance & Policy; Environment & Natural Resources Finance Committees) 
Josh Straka, Office of U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (MN-04)
Paula Sunde, Office of U.S. Senator Tina Smith (MN)
Heidi Timm-Bijold, City of Duluth
Charlie Vander Aarde, Metro Cities

CLEs: 1.25 Standard Hours Approved
Event Code: 257965

Thank you to our host:

 
Issue Sponsor:
Note: If you wish to access presentations and documents from past presentations, please contact info@mnbrownfields.org. Access to past presentations and documents is reserved to Minnesota Brownfields members.

MPCA Soil Reference Value Comment Period

MPCA held a July 14 meeting to address use of the SRVs and BTVs by the VIC, RCRA and Superfund programs only. These SRVs and BTVs are considered draft and are not to be used to evaluate sites at this time. The SRVs dated 6/2009 on the MPCA’s Remediation website should continue to be used until the revised SRVs and BTVs are finalized.

The SRV technical support document is not intended to replace program specific soil investigation guidance. It is intended to describe the soil land use categories, methodology and exposure assumptions used to derive the SRVs and provide basic recommendations on what should be considered when using SRVs.

If you have questions or concerns, contact MPCA at SRVcomments.pca@state.mn.us.

Health Impact Assessments and Brownfield Redevelopment

Minnesota Brownfields, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the City of Duluth hosted a discussion on the health impacts of brownfield redevelopment on the surrounding community. It included a demonstration of a tool-in-development for communities to measure health impacts of brownfield redevelopment.

Metropolitan Council Hosting Information Session on Brownfield Resources

Metropolitan Council hosted a free information session to learn about local public financing that helps pay the cost of cleaning up contaminated sites. Over $8M in grant funds in addition to low cost loans will be available to investigate or clean up contaminants associated with real estate development.

State and federal funds are available for environmental investigation and cleanup activities at sites with:

  • Petroleum contamination
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Soil contamination
  • Asbestos and hazardous building materials

Agency representatives discussed programs and funds available from:

  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Hennepin County
  • Ramsey County

Questions?

Contact

  • Metropolitan Council at 651-602-1054 or
  • DEED at 651-259-7449