August 2015
Minnesota Brownfields News
Upcoming Events & Announcements

EDAM Networking Event

Thursday, August 20, 4:00pm
Lone Oak Grill, Eagan
More info here

ReScape Awards Nomination Deadline
Thursday, September 17
By 12 noon
Application instructions here
EPA Brownfields MN Happy Hour
FREE
Wednesday, September 2!
RSVP  here
Brownfields conference info  here
Minnesota News
Going to Chicago? Join Us for Brownfields Conference Minnesota Reception
During the upcoming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Cofnerence, Minnesota Brownfields will host a reception for MN attendees on September 2 (NOTE DATE CHANGE), one block from the Chicago Hilton conference headquarters. This event is FREE, but we are seeking additional sponsors to chip in $250 to make this event happen.

Your logo will be in promotional materials before and during the event. Want more info? Contact Martha Faust at 651-307-4371 or Natalie Brown at 612-545-6389. Thank you to Historical Information Gatherers, Impact7G, and Pinnacle Engineering for sponsoring! RSVP to the happy hour here.    
 
ReScape Awards Nominations Open, with a Shorter Application
ReScape Award The Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Awards is now accepting nominations for projects demonstrating excellence in brownfield redevelopment. Nominations are accepted in four project categories: Community Impact, Economic Impact, Environmental Impact, and Small City Impact (for communities with populations <30k).

Eligible projects are completed between January 1, 2013 through August 31, 2015. The nomination period closes 12 noon on
Thursday, September 17. For application information, click here.

Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund to Assist with Contaminated Soil Cleanup on Southwest Light Rail

The Hennepin County Board voted on July 7th to set aside $5 million over four years from the County's Environmental Response Fund (ERF) to clean up contaminated soil along the Southwest LRT. 

 

Hennepin County staff have determined it is possible to set aside the
$5 million by the end of 2017 instead of over a longer period of time since the assumption is the cleanup will begin early in project construction. Even with that goal, staff stated there will be a grant round for Fall 2015, and likely grant rounds for Fall 2016 and 2017; however, Spring grants rounds in 2016 and 2017 might not occur. However, if it is determined that funds are available, a decision to fund a spring round will be announced in time for applicants to prepare. For more information, view the MPR article here.

Soil Reference Values: Changes Proposed, Feedback, Next Steps
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Superfund programs  seek stakeholder comments on the June 2015 version of the draft soil reference values (SRVs) and background threshold values (BTVs), including:
 
  • Revised SRV Technical Support Document (TSD)
  • Two revised Remediation SRV spreadsheets
    • SRV Spreadsheet: SRVs applicable to all sites in Minnesota
    • SRV Spreadsheet - Site Specific: calculates site specific SRVs
  • BTV Evaluation

Please submit your comments to SRVcomments.pca@state.mn.us by September 30, 2015. More info on the MPCA website

Minnesota Brownfields hosted a remediation stakeholder feedback session on July 29. The MPCA's Sandeep Burman started the session with an overview of the process and methodology for the proposed changes to the Soil Reference Values. A reaction panel followed, with an environmental consultant, grant funder, an economic development entity, and a local unit of government. Key issues such as Background Threshold Values, cost to developers, land use scenarios, implementation, and unitended consequences were discussed. Breakout groups followed and focused on these key issues. Expect a short survey to build on this feedback in the coming weeks. Thank you to all who attended and to the MPCA for being available to answer questions.
Congressman Nolan Voices Support for Brownfields Reauthorization
A bill to reauthorize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields program has already been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The  U.S. House Water Resources and Environment subcommittee met July 22 to receive testimony on "Helping Revitalize American Communities Through the Brownfields Program." At the hearing, U.S. House District 8 Congressman Rick Nolan cited Clyde Iron Works and Canal Park Brewery in Duluth as exemplary projects in the rejuvenation of brownfield sites. View Congressman Nolan's testimony here .
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Awards $3.57 million for 13 projects
Mankato Civic Center Rendering

The Minnesota Department of Employmen t and Economic Development (DEED) has   awarded $3.57 million to 13 projects around the state through their Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Program. The majority of projects are in Minneapolis with Mankato, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, Silver Bay, and Vadnais Heights all receiving funding as well. For a full list of projects, click here

Revised MPCA Voluntary Remediation Program application
MPCA logo
The MPCA has revised the Voluntary Brownfield Program Enrollment Application, renaming it as the Voluntary Remediation Program Enrollment Application. The new application should be used as of July 7 and is available online here. Contact Gary Krueger (gary.krueger@state.mn.us), Andrew Nichols (andrew.nichols@state.mn.us), or Stacey Hendry-Van Patten (stacey.vanpatten@state.mn.us) for more information.
National News
Online Trainings through ITRC
August 20, 12:00- 2:15pm
August 27, 12:00-2:15pm
Wisconsin's Tank Cleanup Reimbursement Program Ends in 2020
Wisconsin's budget calls for an end to the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award Program (PECFA) in June 2020. The program reimburses Responsible Parties for the cost of investigation and cleanup of contamination from above or underground petroleum storage systems. Learn more here.  
Superfund to Alternative Energy: EPA Webinar Available
A webinar from June 25 discussing the development of Superfund, landfill, and other sites into renewable energy generators is recorded on the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council site. View the webinar here.
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
  • AMI Consulting Engineers
  • 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
  • GHD 
  • 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
  • Pinnacle Engineering 
  • Saint Paul Port Authority
  • SEH, Inc. 
  • Stinson Leonard Street 
  • Stoel Rives
  • Veit
  • 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.