by Martha Faust and Sarah Sieloff (Center for Creative Land Recycling)
When is soil just “dirt”, when is it a waste, and when is it a resource? The answer may be in the eye of the beholder. Given the length of time it takes to create 1 cm3 of topsoil (estimated at 200-400 years), the current approach to managing excess soil at redevelopment sites in the United State (U.S.) merits further analysis.
Following passage of the 1980 Federal Superfund law, states, localities, and the real estate sector began considering the redevelopment potential of sites with environmental histories that were below the Superfund threshold. In 1988, the Minnesota Legislature amended the state Superfund law, creating the country’s first voluntary investigation and cleanup program, initially called the Property Transfer Program. The Property Transfer Program’s purpose was to review and approve investigation reports and response actions plans prepared by voluntary parties, and provide assurance letters to help facilitate real estate transactions. In those early days, response actions focused on excavating and disposing of contaminated fill soils. Applying cost-benefit analysis to “dig and dump” practice was not a key consideration. Success was determined by helping otherwise unmarketable properties move forward.
Fast forward to today, and we are truly living in different times. Around the world and across the country, governments have recognized the need for next-generation thinking about how we manage excess soils. New considerations include cost savings, efficiency, the advent of risk-based site cleanups, what constitutes a solid waste, as well as sustainability, resilience and climate adaptation. Factor in scarce public resources to fund redevelopment, and the need to take a fresh look at current practices is obvious.
The Center for Creative Land Recycling and Minnesota Brownfields recently teamed up to present two webinars showcasing the latest innovations in managing excess soil. The first session covered the United Kingdom’s (U.K.’s) approach to excess soils management. Sustainability considerations, as well as diminishing landfill space and sharp increases in tipping fees, led to governmental rule changes and the creation of CL:aire, a national clearinghouse in England and Wales for the exchange of both regulated and unregulated materials. CL:aire oversees a system for matching receiving and importing sites, following a Definition of Waste Code of Practice (DoW CoP). The DoW CoP enables the reuse of excavated materials on-site or their movement between sites. Since launching in 2008, the DoW CoP has resulted in nearly 3300 “declarations” or projects, and has diverted 56,106,448m3 from landfills— enough to fill over 22,000 Olympic swimming pools. Following the U.K. government’s lead, the redevelopment industry was crucial to informing and developing the DoW CoP. As a non-governmental organization, CL:aire is responsible for logistics, tracking, and quality control of professionals, providing a comprehensive system that is well beyond the capacity of most governments. It is true that liability is a far less prevalent concern in the U.K. than in the U.S. Nonetheless, U.S. governments seeking new approaches to excess soil management will find they can learn much from the CL:aire system.
The second webinar examined newer models around the U.S. for excess soil management. In 2017, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation implemented Part 360 rule changes, ending the classification of fill soils as a solid waste subject to four conditions, and providing non-landfill options for reuse of fill soils. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is currently exploring modifying state statute to enable liability protection for exporters and importers of regulated fill soils. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has teamed up with the U.S. EPA’s Cleveland office to implement beneficial reuse of dredged material at eight federally operated ports, using a process to repurpose the dredged materials for agricultural uses. And in New York City, the Office of Environmental Remediation’s Clean Soil Bank is a municipal soil exchange connecting clean fill to a variety of end uses and users, including parks and climate resilience waterfront projects. In so doing, the Clean Soil Bank has produced significant project cost savings and environmental benefits. Did you miss either or both of these webinars? Not to worry: the Center for Creative Land Recycling has you covered with slideshows and recordings.
Together, these webinars show how governments are adapting soil management rules and policy to respond to changing conditions. Cities and states are facing new challenges: deteriorating infrastructure and diminishing landfill space; environmental justice concerns; cost efficiency; public health considerations; truck emissions; climate resilience and sustainability are all influencing the current debate. So again, we ask: when is soil just “dirt”, when is it a waste, and when is it a resource? In answering this question, one thing is certain: the rules and policies of 30 years ago are no longer sufficient to respond to current redevelopment needs.
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U.S. EPA Region 5 Perspective on Vapor Intrusion – What Are Other States Doing?
Alyssa Sellwood, Vapor Intrusion Team Leader, Wisconsin DNR
Region 5 Vapor Intrusion policy and regulatory overview with focus on recent Wisconsin Vapor Intrusion guidance revised in January 2018
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) – Update on Vapor Intrusion
Hans Neve, Tim Grape, and Gary Krueger
– Vapor Intrusion Best Management Practices (BMP) Updates and Clarifications
– Vapor Intrusion BMP Path Forward and Stakeholder Input
– Additional Assistance at Vapor Intrusion Projects: New Technical Assistance Letters & MPCA eService Enrollment
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Intrusion Screening Values
Status of Intrusion Screening Values (ISVs)
Panel: Vapor Intrusion at Commercial & Industrial Sites: Key Issues & Challenges
Moderator: Steve Jansen, Braun Intertec
Northeast Bank: Mark Ethen
Terracon: Jen Force
Bremer Bank: Briana Kirby
Gray Plant Mooty: Rick Kubler
OPUS: Richard Manser
MPCA: Hans Neve
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Minnesota Brownfields proudly partnered with the Center for Creative Land Recycling on two webinars on the subject of soil reuse.
Part I – Dig It: Reusing Contaminated Soil in the U.K. and U.S.
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Redevelopment sites throughout the U.S. are confronted by how to manage surplus marginally-to-moderately contaminated soil. The default practice of landfilling surplus soil is neither an efficient nor viable long-term option, economically or environmentally. Learn how an influential model based in the United Kingdom is addressing the issue of limited landfill space and the market for soil reuse at redevelopment sites, and its relevance to U.S. governments and the private marketplace.
Martha Faust – Minnesota Brownfields
Nick Willenbrock – CL:aire
Sarah Sieloff – Center for Creative Land Recycling
Redevelopment sites throughout the U.S. are confronted by how to manage excess soils, presenting challenges in terms of contamination, project timing, staging areas, liability protection, and more. Learn about different approaches that governments around the country have developed for clean and regulated fill soils, including dredge materials, and what the future could hold.
Martha Faust – Minnesota Brownfields
Kevin McCarty – GEI Consultants
Amy Hadiaris – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Brooke Furio & David Emerman – U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA
Dan Walsh & Lee Ilan – NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation
The 2017 EPA National Brownfields Training Conference is officially in the books. From December 4 through December 7, Minnesota Brownfields staff were in Pittsburgh at the EPA’s flagship conference for brownfields professionals. The bi-annual get together served as a tremendous opportunity to share best practices and new ideas.
A major theme that resonated throughout the conference was that there is a determined spirit shared across the country to continue pushing forward for brownfield redevelopment. There were plenty of opportunities to celebrate the amazing work that has already been done, but there was also an understanding that there is still much work to do.
Keynote speakers for the conference, Dan French of Brownfield Listings and John Paul Farmer of Microsoft, both detailed how the brownfields community is interconnected to the greater economy and society. Brownfield redevelopments are projects that impact everyone and are symbols of progress and rebuilding. As a piece of the bigger picture, brownfields serve as a spark for innovation, collaboration, and new opportunities.
Here are some major highlights of the conference from Minnesota Brownfields:
- The biggest thrill of the week was that Minnesota Brownfields hosted a panel presentation titled “Dig It: Global Approaches to Contaminated Soil Reuse” with Nick Willenbrock of CL:AIRE, a United Kingdom NGO that operates a soil reuse system. Approximately 120 attendees came to the presentation to learn how CL:AIRE’s model for soil reuse was developed and implemented. A separate affiliate meeting followed the presentation where multiple states came to learn more. Minnesota Brownfields has worked closely with CL:AIRE over the last few years to advance the discussion of soil reuse in Minnesota. To be able to share this collaborative research with a national community was a prominent point in Minnesota Brownfields’ push to make soil reuse a reality in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Brownfields also participated in multiple national affiliate meetings on the subject of public health and brownfields. The meetings, which were organized by the U.S. EPA, allowed Minnesota Brownfields to share the Brownfields Health Indicator Tool that was created in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health. The tool was used in a pilot project in the City of Duluth. This was a tremendous opportunity to share the tool with a national audience.
- Minnesota Brownfields made many connections with many other state and regional organizations that operate in a similar fashion. The list includes, the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast, Center for Creative Land Recycling, Florida Brownfields Association, Georgia Brownfield Association, and the New York City Brownfield Partnership. There was also a meeting with representatives from the State of Kentucky that are interested in starting an organization similar to Minnesota Brownfields. We are excited for these relationships to grow.
- A fun-filled evening was had at Minnesota Brownfields’ happy hour as well. Friends and colleagues, old and new alike, were able to connect and enjoy each other’s company while at the conference.
Now fully energized and motivated from the conference, Minnesota Brownfields is determined to continue our mission of promoting the sustainable reuse of contaminated land. Stay tuned as the new year approaches. We expect 2018 to be full of innovation and progress. Please consider joining us.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
WSB & Associates
Ken Haberman – Landmark Environmental
Roseanne Hope – Hope Law Firm
Carmen Netten – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Sara Peterson – Parkway Law
Joe Maternowski – Hessian & McKasy
Shanna Schmitt – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Audra Williams – Ryan Companies
Institutional Controls Speaker Bios
CLE’s: 3.0 Standard Credits – Event Code: 205612
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Please join Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environmental, Natural Resource, and Energy Law section for an informative session on redevelopment and craft breweries. The event will be held at Utepils Brewery in Minneapolis (map) on Tuesday, October 24th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a happy hour to follow.
Register for the event here.
1:30 PM: Check-In/Registration
Environmental Law Hot Topics
Historical Fill Reuse Liability – Sara Peterson, Parkway Law
Vapor Liability – Elizabeth Schmiesing, Winthrop & Weinstein
Brownfield Funding Update
Kristin Lukes, MNDEED
A Flight of Brewery Stories
Castle Danger Expansion – Donovan Hannu, Baywest
Brewery at Northern Stacks – Chris Thompson, Braun Intertec
Craft Brewery Sustainability – Michelle Stockness, Barr Engineering
A Final Round – To Be Announced
4:00 PM: Happy Hour Reception
Take part in this exclusive opportunity as a Minnesota Brownfields member to tour the Northern Stacks Development in Fridley alongside Economic Development Association of Minnesota members. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Northern Stacks is on a former Superfund site and the redevelopment required a great amount of environmental remediation. Hyde Development and Mortenson Company had the vision for the project, and along with the City of Fridley and DEED, were able to make Northern Stacks a reality. Sign up for this tour and to learn from Hyde Development about the project. Spots are limited to the first 20 people for this free event. Please register by October 27th. Register here.
Solar energy production has taken off in Minnesota over the past few years, and especially in the last handful of months. In 2017, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the solar energy capacity has tripled in the state during the first quarter of the year. Currently, the energy capacity for solar in Minnesota is twelve times what it was in 2015. Community solar projects have been the main catalyst for Minnesota’s solar surge. The practice where multiple parties buy into an energy supply is attractive to many because it is a more manageable method of obtaining solar energy.
Landfills just may be another piece to the puzzle that helps Minnesota further increase solar energy production. Within the past year, landfills in Lake Elmo and St. Michael installed solar panels to assist in powering equipment that prevents the pollution of toxic gasses from the landfills. This is a practice used on capped landfills and the excess energy produced is then converted to the grid. In 2015, the city of Hutchinson unveiled the largest landfill solar project in Minnesota when 400 kw of ballasted racking mounted solar photovoltaic panels (PV) were installed on a capped landfill.
What solar energy projects need is suitable land that provides quality solar exposure. Capped landfills have the capability to provide land serviceable for (PV). A covered landfill is often not viable for commercial or industrial construction, but renewable energy is a useful alternative. Given that capped landfills tend to by flat and are mostly unhindered by surrounding trees or buildings, they provide optimal solar exposure. More often than not, landfills are located in areas with easy access for utilities and construction crews. Around the country, municipalities, utilities, and landfill owners have found that solar can be the ideal fit for capped landfills. The limited uses in repurposing can provide new economic generation for the site.
There are certain characteristics that need to be in place for a closed landfill to be suitable for a solar energy system to be installed. A south facing landfill is the optimal direction in order to obtain the most solar throughout the course of the year, and having the landfill be tilted at the corresponding latitude. Also, the waste that is underneath the landfill cap will decompose and shift over time, which alters the landfill cap. Ballasted racking systems are the traditional solar installation needed for capped landfills so that the cap is not penetrated. Concrete blocks are positioned on the ground to allow for a structure to be built that holds the solar panels while not having to install anything below the surface of the ground.
Some new technologies are emerging that negate the use of ballasted racking systems for capped landfills. Hickory Ridge Landfill in Conley, GA is on the leading edge of landfill geomembrane solar cap technology. The landfill’s 45 acre geomembrane cap is covered with 7,000 PV rolls that covers 10 acres of the landfill cap. Overall this landfill produces 1 MW of energy that is sold back to a local utility. The benefits of the solar geomembrane cap are that the panels lie flat on the surface and it allows for shifts in the land composition below the cap itself. In addition, installation is easier than a ballasted racking system. Check out a video of the science behind the Hickory Ridge Landfill.
With there being limited options available for repurposing an old landfill, solar energy has emerged as an attractive option. Solar PV installation offers a new economic incentive and with developing solar technologies, such as the PV rolls used at the Hickory Ridge Landfill, landfill solar energy can become a feasible alternative for capped landfills in Minnesota and across the country.
Visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Closed Landfill Program for information on alternatives for closed landfills in Minnesota.
A special members-only lunchtime discussion with one of the nation’s leading authorities on brownfield and community redevelopment/reuse strategies & financing. Charlie Bartsch has over 30 years of experience analyzing economic and community development policies. He joined us on July 24, 2017 to discuss the new federal brownfield funding landscape: what lies ahead, and how states and communities can and should adapt their community redevelopment financing strategies given the new normal.
Charlie Bartsch is currently an independent strategist for communities in economic transition, and has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, a public policy center affiliated with the bi-partisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions. He is immediate past Senior Advisor for Economic Development to the EPA Assistant Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency Management, where he was charged with promoting inter-agency and public-private financing partnerships to spur land revitalization and site reuse. Among his duties, he worked closely with the EPA-DOT-HUD Partnership for Sustainable Communities, advised the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization on area-wide planning and auto communities revitalization financing strategies, served as an EPA point person on the White House “ strong cities/Strong Communities recovery initiative, and took the lead role in developing the agency’s manufacturing revitalization strategy for the Obama Administration/National Economic Council’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities (IMCP) initiative, helping to direct the White House/inter-agency team in designing and carrying out this effort. Charlie received his Master’s in Urban Policy and Planning from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and his B.A. in political science and history from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. North Central College named him 2013 alumni of the year.
JULY 18, 2017 – The 2017 State of Brownfields Update. We analyzed the 2017 MN Legislative Session and what it means for brownfield redevelopment. In addition we previewed potential changes to state soil reuse policies.
Sandeep Burman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Amy Hadiaris, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Sara Peterson, Parkway Law
Charlie Vander Aarde, Metro Cities
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Brownfields Summit – May 25, 2017 Speakers: Dan Fetter, Barr Engineering Janice Gundlach, City of New Brighton Gary Krueger, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Kristin Lukes, MN DEED Shauen Pearce-Lassiter, GREATER MSP/Central Cities Competitiveness Initiative Betsy Schmiesing, Winthrop & Weinstine Jesse Silverstein, Development Research Partners (Denver, CO) Mary Stoick, Highland Bank D’Angelos Svenkeson, THOR Construction Jack Byers, Minneapolis CPED Kim Donat, Wellington Management View combined slideshow here.
Session Two presentations:
BMPs for Vapor Intrusion- Part 2– MPCA
Closed Petroleum Sites: Bringing Some Perspective– Bay West
Vapor Intrusion Mitigation– Braun Intertec
Vapor Mitigation Case Studies– Wenck
Regulations and BMPs – MPCA
Air Quality & Health Screening Methods– Department of Health
Vapor Intrusion and Building Design– Braun Intertec
VI Sampling/Testing Methodology– Pace Analytical, Braun Intertec
Case Study, Commercial Site With Active Mitigation– Barr Engineering
- Natalie Brown from Minnesota Brownfields
- Shanna Schmitt from the MPCA
- Janice Gundlach from the City of New Brighton
- Kristen Lukes from DEED
Our speakers described what brownfields are, the difficulties and opportunities that they provide, and how cities can use their brownfields in useful, sustainable projects.
More information on the program can be found here.
|Our 9th annual State of Brownfields Update was June 28, 2016. The program included A Look Back: 10 years of Minnesota Brownfields, updates from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and more.
Minnesota Brownfields hosted the Minnesota Real Estate Journal‘s 2016 Redevelopment Summit on May 19. Click the links below to access speaker presentations:
How Redevelopment Supports a Strong Regional Economy – Cecile Bedor, GREATER MSP
Surburban Redevelopment: Northern Stacks 1 – From Blight to Office Development in Fridley
Scott Hickok, City of Fridley
Paul Hyde, Hyde Development
Chris Thompson, Braun Intertec
Hot Neighborhoods: University Avenue Innovation District – A Tale of Two Cities
Brandon Champeau, United Properties
John Evans, Hennepin County
Dick Gilyard, Prospect Park
Julie Kimble, Kimble Consulting
Greater Minnesota Redevelopment: Spotlight on Mankato
Kristin Prososki, City of Mankato
How To: Rules and Tools that Enable Redevelopment on Brownfields
Shanna Schmitt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Kristin Lukes, Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
Martha Faust, Minnesota Brownfields
Stormwater Management on Brownfields
Minnesota Brownfields looked into stormwater management on brownfield sites, during and after remediation. This event covered topics including:
- Regulations and enforcement
- Emerging issues, new technology, and green infrastructure
- Subsurface Contamination- groundwater and soil
- Liability and Concerns for Plume and Vapor Intrusion
- Long term management vs management during construction
- Successes, headaches and challenges on diverse case study sites: Atlas Cement (Duluth), Beacon Bluff (St. Paul), and Prospect Park (Minneapolis)
CONFIRMED MODERATORS & SPEAKERS:
Ross Bintner, City of Edina
Nathan Campeau, Barr Engineering
Eric Dott, Barr Engineering
Dan Fetter, Barr Engineering
Mary Finch, Hennepin County
Mike Hayman, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Rebecca Higgins, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Monte Hilleman, St. Paul Port Authority
Dan Kalmon, Mississippi Watershed Management Authority
Joe Otte, Wenck Associates
Jeff Shopek, Loucks Associates
Shawn Tracy, HR Green
Mike Trojan, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Michael Welch, Smith Partners
See the agenda here.
On February 3, 2016, 125 solar developers and brownfield redevelopment professionals met in St. Paul, to discuss new opportunities for solar development in Minnesota. Presentation links below:
Trends in the Solar Energy Sector in MN – Lissa Pawlisch, UMN Clean Energy Teams
Brightfields Considerations in a Nutshell – Mike Fisher, Impact 7G
Xcel Energy Renewable Energy Portfolio – Lee Gabler, Xcel Energy
Minnesota Power & Renewable Energy – Kris Spenningsby, Minnesota Power
Federal & State Incentives, Policies and Programs – Stacy Miller, MN Dept of Commerce
Legal Considerations re Developing Solar on Redevelopment Sites – Kevin Johnson, Stoel Rives
Solar Development Other Regulation & Tools – Brian Ross, Great Plains Institute
Rice Creek Commons Solar PV Project – Heather Worthington (RC), Michael Ahern, EverGreen Energy
Former Ford Plant Site Renewable Energy Opportunities – Merritt Clapp-Smith, City of St. Paul
400 MW Landfill-Mounted Solar PV System, Hutchinson – John Paulson City of Hutchinson
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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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Workshop focused on helping community grant writers produce successful proposals for the EPA Assessment, Clean-Up and Revolving Loan Fund (ARC) grants and assisted participants with detailing response strategies to Threshold and Ranking Criteria, utilizing the TAB EZ on-line grant writing tool, discussing the planning process, and engaging the community and partners in the Brownfields initiative.
Presenters discussed the basics of the ARC grants, eligibility requirements, the application process and proposal writing tips and resources. Participants reviewed real examples and be given ample opportunity to ask questions. Even if you are not writing a proposal this year, the workshop can be a valuable planning tool for local governments interested in brownfields redevelopment.
Minnesota Brownfields annual State of Brownfields Update. Topics covered included: new findings on the benefits of brownfield redevelopment, local nature of climate change and its repercussions for redevelopment (with special guest John Pendergrass from Environmental Law Institute), and updates from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Natalie Brown, Minnesota Brownfields
John Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
Latest Technical Updates
Sandeep Burman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
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
- Metropolitan Council at 651-602-1054 or
- DEED at 651-259-7449
We were pleased to announce a special joint event sponsored by the MSBA section on Environmental, Natural Resource and Energy law and Minnesota Brownfields that examined the intersection of two movements in Minnesota- the redevelopment of brownfield properties and the craft brewing boom. This program began with a look a some current challenges to brownfield redevelopment, including obtaining liability assurance letters, the real world impacts of the 2013 changes in the ASTM Phase I standard, and continuing obligations for bona fide prospective purchasers. We then looked at developing breweries on brownfields including funding stories from DEED, the Surly success, and other case studies. A special happy hour followed for attendees and ENRE section members.
How to: Breweries on Brownfields – Special ConsiderationsProgram
Phase I, Phase II, Vapor Intrusion
Joseph Maternowski, Hessian & McKasy
Dan Schleck, Halleland Habicht
Jeffery Sepesi, Law Office of Jeffery Sepesi
Assurance Letters & Institutional Controls
Kieran Dwyer, Dorsey & Whitney
Lynne Grigor , Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Vapor intrusion at sites contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) has emerged as a key challenge for communities. Minnesota Brownfields presented a 2-part series examining vapor intrusion from all professional perspectives. Learn about the latest technical and due diligence issues, and expect to come away from these sessions with strategies for “surprise-free” redevelopment.
Tim Grape, MPCA
Curt Gunsbury, Solhem, Shanna Schmitt, MPCA, & David Vieau, Vieau Associates
Tom Higgins, MPCA
Josh Kerber, MN Department of Health
Hans Neve, MPCA and David Jones, MN Department of Health
Sara Ramsden, Barr Engineering
Julie Sullivan, Barr Engineering
Eric Tollefsrud, Geosyntec
Sandeep Burman, MPCA
James Kelly, MN Department of Health
Margaret Knowlton, Opus Group
Hans Neve, MPCA, Julie Kadrie, MN Department of Health, and Cathy Undem, Dakota County
On July 16, Minnesota Brownfields co-hosted a full-day workshop in Moorhead through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program. The program was targeted to both Minnesota and North Dakota communities. Below are presentations specific to Minnesota:
Brownfields 101: What is a Brownfields & Steps to Redevelopment
Minnesota Department of Employment & Econonomic Development (DEED) Programs
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Brownfield Programs
Success Stories: City of Moorhead
Success Stories: City of Dilworth
Success Stories: City of Minot, ND
TAB (Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities) Program
TAB: Intro to EPA Grantwriting
USDA Rural Redevelopment Resources
USEPA Brownfield Grant Resources
100+ redevelopment professionals met at Stinson Leonard Street on June 24 for the latest news from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a state legislative panel on redevelopment, and an update on vapor intrusion.
Dr. Susan Hedman – Regional Administrator, EPA Region V
Rep. Tim Mahoney – Minnesota House of Representatives
Over 100 redevelopment professionals met May 15 in St. Paul to discuss a new Minnesota Brownfields report (Executive Summary, 11 pages) on current conditions and existing barriers to off-site soil reuse.
Read the full Report + Appendices (64 pages, 2.4MB)
Minnesota Brownfields proudly offered this awards program recognizing exemplary brownfield redevelopment projects completed statewide.
Winning projects featured transformation of abandoned or underutilized sites using innovative solutions to significant environmental issues.
To view this year’s winners and the winners from previous years, go here.
This popular event in its 6th year was held at Leonard, Street & Deinard. Topics included the 2013 Minnesota Legislative session, the latest at U.S. EPA, and updates on redevelopment projects: including Arden Hills’ former TCAAP site, St. Cloud’s Central Business District, and St. Paul’s former Ford Plant site. Below are links to presentations:
Mike Gifford and Jon Grosshans, EPA Region V
Tammy Campion, City of St. Cloud Community Development
Merritt Clapp-Smith, City of St. Paul PED & Shanna Schmitt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Heather Worthington, Ramsey County & Amy Hadiaris, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Brownfield workshop: Bemidji, July 24, 2013 – Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Annual Conference.
Minnesota Brownfields co-presented at the EPA Brownfields 2013 conference in Atlanta. The session was: “Corridor Answers for Transit Oriented Development of Brownfields”
Links to session presentations & publications:
Presentation by Federal Transit Administration
City of Austin Capital Metro
City of Cleveland Health Tech BRT line
Minneapolis-St. Paul TOD & Brownfields
Publication: Brownfields & TOD – Making Connections for Community-Wide Success (2013, Minnesota Brownfields)
Minnesota Brownfields and the The Trust for Public Land presented a session focused on opportunities and challenges posed by siting parks on former brownfield sites. Various case studies were discussed. Below are links to presentations and resources:
Trust for Public Land – 3 Parks in Newark, NJ
Scherer Brothers site – Minneapolis
Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary – St. Paul #1
Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary – St. Paul #2
Met Council Information on Contaminated Soil in Regional Parks
Article: “Active Living Through Converting Brownfields to Green Spaces”
Article: “Turning Brownfields into Green Spaces, Barriers & Incentives”
Minnesota Brownfields co-hosted a workshop in Mankato on September 19 along with Region Nine Development Commission and Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB).
The presentations included:
What is a Brownfield and Do I Have One?
Steps for Successful Brownfield Redevelopment
EPA Brownfield Resources
State Resources: MPCA Targeted Brownfield Assessment Program
State Resources: DEED Tools & Resources for Redevelopment
Mixing, Matching and Leveraging Resources for Project Success
Success Stories: St. Cloud
Success Stories: Mankato
Minnesota Brownfields co-hosted, along with Region Five Development Commission and TAB (Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities) – Kansas State University, a workshop in Brainerd on May 16.
View the workshop presentations:
Supporting Sustained Economic Opportunity in Rural Communities (EPA Smart Growth)
Brownfields & Economic Development: What TAB Can Do For You
EPA Brownfields Funding
City of St. Cloud – Success Stories
MPCA Brownfield Programs
DEED Cleanup & Redevelopment Funding
USDA Rural Development Resources
Putting It All Together
More than 100 professionals from the stormwater and brownfields communities met March 8th at Barr Engineering for Minnesota Brownfields most recent forum. The topic was key issues in stormwater management, the conflicts that occur when designing stormwater management systems for brownfields, and three innovative case studies: the Central Corridor light rail project; the Atlas Cement site in Duluth; and Beacon Bluff in Saint Paul. View the presentations:
Minnesota Brownfields held a forum focused on brownfields within transit corridors. Representatives from Cleveland and Houston discussed their experience redeveloping brownfields along LRT/BRT lines; local presentations focused on the Central Corridor, current and new funding and other tools directed at contaminated land.
View the presentations:
Houston LRT-Jed Greenfield, City of Houston
Cleveland BRT-David Ebersole, City of Cleveland
CC interport Web Portal- Jackie Dylla, Braun Intertec Corporation
Corridors of Opportunity- Mark Vanderscaff, Metropolitan Council
CC Investment Framework- John Shardlow, Stantec
St. Paul CC Assessment Grant- Josh Williams, City of St. Paul PED
DEED Transit Funding- Meredith Udoibok, Minnesota DEED
Met Council LCA TOD Fund- Marcus Martin, Metropolitan Council
I: THE DOLLARS AND SENSE OF REDEVELOPING BROWNFIELDS
Minnesota Brownfields hosted a forum at the Humphrey Institute on the benefits of recycling and redeveloping brownfields. View the presentations:
II: THE ART OF THE DEAL – FINANCING BROWNFIELDS 2.0
Minnesota Brownfields hosted a forum on the financial dimensions of brownfield reuse and redevolpment. View the presentations: