December 2015
Minnesota Brownfields News
Upcoming Events & Announcements
Grand opening of Minnesota's first capped landfill solar installation
Wednesday, December 2
Hutchinson

Great Places Awards
Sensible Land Use Coalition
Wednesday, December 9
Hopkins
Click here for more information
EDAM Winter Conference
January 21-22
Brooklyn Park
More information here

Developing Solar on Redevelopment Sites Forum
Registration opens soon
Wednesday, February 3
St. Paul

Minnesota News
Local beer pairs well with brownfield redevelopment
Castle Danger Brewery

Has the Surly Bill spawned other microbreweries to develop on brownfield sites? The Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Awards on November 12 featured two Minnesota breweries built on brownfields; Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors and Surly Destination Brewery in Minneapolis. MinnPost recently posted an article, funded in part by the McKnight Foundation, addressing the links between local brewery development and brownfield cleanup. Read the article here
Developing Solar on Redevelopment Sites - sponsorship opportunities available
On February 3, 2016, Minnesota Brownfields will host a session on the various issues relating to developing solar energy on brownfields. This session, intended for both solar developers and redevelopment professionals, will include topics such as market economics of developing solar, trends in solar development in MN, special considerations, risk and liability, and case studies.  

Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Martha Faust at 651-307-4371 or click here for details.
Update to MPCA Soil Reference Value process
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency had planned to release revised program specific guidance this Fall, however these documents are still under development and internal review. The revised program specific guidance documents are expected to be released for external review in spring 2016.
The MPCA is also in the process of reviewing stakeholder feedback from the second release of the Soil Reference Value (SRV) Technical Support Document, SRV Spreadsheets and the Background Threshold Value (BTV) Evaluation. Responses to feedback are expected for December 2015.  If any subsequent revisions to these documents are necessary, they will also be re-released along with the program specific guidance in spring 2016. Stakeholders will be given an opportunity to review and provide feedback on all revised documents released in spring 2016. Implementation of the revised SRVs, BTVs and program specific guidance will not take place until after stakeholder feedback has occurred in 2016. Visit the MPCA website here.
400KW solar array in Hutchinson now operational on closed landfill
 
Minnesota's first solar array on a capped landfill has opened in Hutchinson. Power from the installation will supply 12-15% of the energy use of the adjoining wastewater treatment plant. The array has a payback of 14 years, and is warrantied for 25 years. Read more from the Hutchinson Leader here.
Soil cleanup complete at former TCAAP site  

Rice Creek Commons, the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site, has been cleaned up to residential standards. Ramsey County hopes to have the site removed as a Superfund next year. Read more from the Star Tribune here.
Downtown Winona ripe for redevelopment 

The Winona Port Authority is leveraging $250,000 in seed funding to catalyze development in the city's downtown. In an attempt to draw more than just college students to downtown, the city will invest more than $600,000 in riverfront and park work. Read more from Finance and Commerce here
Free assessment assistance available
Under the Minnesota Targeted Brownfields Assessment Program, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) can provide assistance to community-based projects that require assessment of brownfield properties for reuse/redevelopment, including green-space uses.The MPCA hires contractors to perform assessments, including Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments and Response Action Plans at no cost to the participating communities. For more information, visit the MPCA website  here or contact Shanna Schmitt.
Macy's redevelopment receives TIF package
The Macy's redevelopment project in downtown St. Paul will receive $11 million in tax increment financing support. The St. Paul Port Authority and developer Oppidan expect that this incentive will promote gravitation of employers to the site. Read more from the Pioneer Press here.
National News
Online Trainings through ITRC
December 3, 12:00- 2:15pm CST
December 4, 12:00- 2:15pm CST
December 7, 12:00- 2:15pm CST
December 8, 12:00- 2:15pm CST
December 9, 12:00- 2:20pm CST
Proposal guidelines for EPA Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grants released
Opportunities for funding from the EPA ARC grants are as follows: Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; Assessment Coalitions are funded up to $600,000 over three years), Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Grants (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years), and Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years). Proposals are due  December 18, 2015 . Visit the EPA  website for more information.

The Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program at Kansas State University can provide free review of your draft EPA Assessment and Cleanup proposals. Please give us a one-week heads-up that you will be sending a draft to review. It generally takes us a few days to get the proposals back to you. Our review is free of charge. Please contact Blase Leven (email or 785-532-0780) to reserve your spot!
Center for Public Environmental Oversight releases Stakeholder Guide to Vapor Intrusion
Many Americans who are potentially exposed via the vapor intrusion  pathway do not know about it, and many who know about it do not  understand the many complexities involved in assessing and responding  to vapor intrusion. Many people leave public meetings on  local vapor intrusion investigations confused. But, the average person  is capable of understanding the basics of vapor intrusion, and this  guide is designed to give people enough information to engage  constructively in decisions that affect their health, their families,  and their property. View the guide released by the Center for Public Environmental Oversight 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

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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.