What's New for Brownfields and Land Revitalization in New England provides information about upcoming Brownfields conferences and webinars.
The Getting Properties Back to Work brochure provides an overview of how EPA and DEEP Brownfields Programs work with Local Community Grantees to achieve brownfield cleanup (full layout print PDF / web version).
DEEP does not participate directly in the review of the applications submitted to EPA for Assessment, Cleanup and Revolving Loan Fund grants, but DEEP is involved with EPA Brownfields grants in two ways:
USEPA’s TAB Program funds technical assistance to increase understanding and community involvement in brownfield cleanup and revitalization. The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) provides this service to grantees and potential grantees in Connecticut at no cost to the grantee.
NJIT also provides guidance on USEPA brownfields grant applications, including webinars on the grant application process.
NJIT can serve as an independent resource assisting with:
The Brownfields Federal Programs Guide lists programs that provide technical or financial assistance relevant to brownfields. Where applicable, a description of eligibility requirements, availability, uses and applications, as well as any restrictions on use or eligibility is included. Examples of Brownfield projects that have successfully leveraged funding from these programs are also included.
USEPA provides liability protection for owners of Brownfield properties who meet certain statutory criteria to qualify as bona fide prospective purchasers (BFPPs), contiguous property owners (CPOs), or innocent landowners (ILOs).
The Revitalization Handbook - Revitalizing Contaminated Lands: Addressing Liability Concerns (The Revitalization Handbook) summarizes the federal statutory provisions and EPA policy and guidance documents that address the potential liability concerns of parties involved in the cleanup and revitalization of contaminated sites. It is designed for use by parties involved in the assessment, cleanup, and revitalization of sites, and provides a basic description of the tools that may be available to address liability concerns associated with several environmental statutes.
Liability Reference Guide for Siting Renewable Energy on Contaminated Property This document provides answers to renewable energy developers' common questions associated with liability and potentially contaminated property. This document addresses potential liability issues, summarizes available resources and policy tools, and facilitates these types of projects. The appendix lists EPA programs and reference documents that may be relevant to developers considering renewable energy projects on contaminated properties. DEEP’s web site also includes information regarding Siting Clean Energy on Brownfields.
The Federal Brownfields Tax Incentive ended on December 31, 2011 and was not renewed. Therefore, the tax incentive cannot be claimed for tax years beyond 2011.
On January 11, 2002, the President signed into law the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (P.L. 107-118), the federal "Brownfields Law". The Brownfields Law expands potential federal assistance for brownfield revitalization, including grants for assessment, cleanup and job training.
The Brownfields Law also amended another federal law, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) by adding Section 128(a) to that act. Section 128(a) of CERCLA (42 USC 9628) authorized a grant program to establish and enhance state and tribal response programs. Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites as well as other sites with actual or perceived contamination. In Connecticut, the Remediation Division within the Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has the primary responsibility for assessment and cleanup of all contaminated sites, including brownfield sites. In September 2003, the DEEP received funding from the US EPA under Section 128(a) of CERCLA to support the environmental response programs implemented by the Remediation Division.
CT DEEP's Brownfield Coordinator Mark Lewis can be contacted for more information via e-mail or at the following address:
Content Last Updated September 13, 2017