April 2015
Minnesota Brownfields News
Upcoming Events & Announcements


Environmental Initiative Awards

Thursday, May 21, 5:30pm
Nicollet Island Pavilion
More info here

State of Brownfields Update
Friday, May 29
Stinson Leonard Street
More info available soon

EDAM Membership Social
Thursday, April 23, 3:00pm
Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge
More info here
EPA Brownfields MN Happy Hour
Help us plan our Chicago happy hour by taking this 3 question survey
Brownfields conference info here

EPA Grantwriting Workshop
July 15- Save the date
Hutchinson, MN
More info coming soon

Event Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Sponsoring a Minnesota Brownfields is excellent visibility for your organization. View our sponsorship opportunities here
Minnesota News
City of Duluth awarded EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant
The City of Duluth recently received a $200,000 grant from the EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant. The funds will go toward  developing an area-wide plan and implementation strategy for the Western Port Area Neighborhoods (WPAN). "The City of Duluth is grateful for the ongoing support and partnership with the EPA as we continue to focus on restoration efforts along the St. Louis River Corridor," said Duluth Mayor Don Ness. "The $200,000 grant for the Western Port Neighborhood Area will help in the development of a new industrial park, increase market-rate housing options, and complete recreational opportunities including trails and bikeways. This is an integral part of our larger and exciting vision for western Duluth." For the EPA new release, click here.
Vapor intrusion receiving attention in the legislature
Bill SF 1448 has been introduced in the legislature addressing vapor intrusion. The bill addresses required disclosures when selling or transferring a property, liability, and agency requirement for recording an affidavit. View the bill here.
Peer Engineering joins Braun Intertec in acquisition
Braun logoOn March 7, Peer Engineering was officially acquired by Braun Intertec, adding 23 employees to Braun's team. View the press release here.
Five projects selected for Department of Employment and Economic Development Redevelopment Grants
Communities from around Minnesota received Redevelopment Program Grants from DEED. These funds cover up to 50 percent of the cost to redevelop or demolish blighted structures. To view recipients, click here.
Minnesota Brownfields continuing soil reuse conversation with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
MPCA logo Following last May's soil reuse forum, Minnesota Brownfields has proposed changes to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) Regulated Fill Reuse Policy. Minnesota Brownfields would like to thank MPCA VIC, PBP, and Solid Waste staff for their time reviewing suggested changes, and for participating in a series of meetings on this topic. Stay tuned for more news in the coming months. 
Consulting groups chosen for Brownfield Gap Financing Program
The Brownfield Gap Financing program (BGFP) provides grants to nonprofit developers for environmental assessment of property in Hennepin County through funding from the County's Environmental Response Fund (ERF). This fund is intended to be used for
unexpected environmental issues, to prepare for a larger funding request in the County funding cycle, or to identify/clarify and, in some cases, remediate suspected environmental concerns. Typical BGFP grants are <$15,000.  Projects benefit thecommunity through the development or clean-up of greenspace, recreation centers, affordable housing, education centers, community centers, and neighborhood level economic development opportunities.

Minnesota Brownfields and Hennepin County have selected three consulting groups, Bay West, Liesch- A Terracon Company, and The Javelin Group, to act as consultants for nonprofits developing brownfield sites. AET, Barr, Braun, Landmark and Wenck are also available to provide services. View the list of contractors here.

Interested in applying for funds? We review applications on a rolling basis. View our application (as an editable Word document) here.  
Department of Employment and Economic Development, Metropolitan Council, and Hennepin and Ramsey Counties grant rounds approaching
The semi-annual grant rounds for cleanup funds are approaching for most agencies early May. DEED's contamination cleanup and investigation Request for Proposals, Met Council's Tax-Based Revitalization Account proposals,and Ramsey County Environmental Response Fund proposals are due Friday May 1. Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund applications are due Monday, May 4. 
Thanks to our new and renewing members, Minnesota Brownfields releases Annual Report
Minnesota Brownfields Annual Report has been released, highlighting successes from 2014. View our Annual Report hereIf you value our work, we need your support. Membership is available at six levels (corporate and individual) and can be found here. Thank you to member organizations who have joined this year for the first time or who have already renewed!
National News
Online Trainings through ITRC
April 14, 12:00- 2:15pm
April 16, 12:00- 2:15pm
Brownfields 2015 Community Reception to be held at Chicago's Field Museum
After racking your brain at the EPA Brownfields Conference September 2-4, relax with Sue the T.Rex and other attendees at the Field Museum the evening of September 3rd. Sponsorship opportunities available. More info here .
Minnesota to have strong presence at EPA Brownfields Conference
The EPA Brownfields Conference in September will have a strong Minnesota presence,
with five Minnesota-proposed  sessions selected. Topics will include soil reuse, gardening on brownfields, brownfields to breweries, and Health Impact Assessments for brownfield redevelopment. To see the educational sessions, click here and type "Minnesota" in the search box.
Ohio grant program removes 14,000 blighted structures
The Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant program has successfully removed over 14,600 blighted structures since the program's inception in 2012. The program dedicated over  $119 million toward blighted demolition through both the program grants and matching funds. Read more from Construction & Demolition Recycling here.
Understanding the benefits of using a community-wide approach to reusing brownfield properties
Mathy Stanislaus of the EPA highlights the EPA Area-wide Planning Grants in this blog post, discussing the need for federal, local, and stakeholder groups to work together to redevelop communities in need.
Thank You Members & Sponsors
Minnesota Brownfields work is largely made possible through the generous contributions of our members. Individual memberships are available starting at $25/year, but a contribution at any level helps pay for this monthly e-newsletter and other publications and programming. Donate now.

Thank you to those named below for becoming Redevelopment, Remediation or RAP Development level members, renewing membership at those levels, or for sponsoring our events in the past 12 months:
  • American Engineering Testing
  • AMEC
  • American National Bank 
  • Barr Engineering Company
  • Bay West 
  • Braun Intertec Corporation
  • Carlson McCain
  • City of Duluth/DEDA 
  • Dominium  
  • Dorsey & Whitney  
  • Duluth Seaway Port Authority 
  • Economic Development Association of Minnesota 
  • Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • GEI Consultants
  • Hillcrest Development, LLLP  
  • Historical Information Gatherers
  • Home Safety Solutions
  • Hyde Development, LLC
  • Impact 7G
  • Javelin Group
  • Johnson Wilson
  • Landmark Environmental, LLC
  • LHB Inc. 
  • Liesch - a Terracon Company
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Minnesota Power
  • The Opus Group    
  • Pace Analytical 
  • Saint Paul Port Authority
  • SEH, Inc. 
  • Stinson Leonard Street 
  • Stoel Rives
  • Vieau Associates Inc. 
  • Wenck Associates  
  • WSB & Associates
  • WSP USA Corp.
  • Xcel Energy

Become a member today>>

Through education, research and partnerships, Minnesota Brownfields promotes the efficient cleanup and reuse of contaminated land as a means of generating economic growth, strengthening communities and enabling sustainable land use and development.