Minnesota Brownfields News
|Brownfields 2013 Conference
May 15-17, 2013, Atlanta
May 15 networking event for MN attendees
More details below
EDAM Summer Conference
June 26-28, Duluth
Registration and more info here
State of Brownfields Update
More info coming soon
2013 ReScape Awards
November 7, St. Paul
Project nominations can be submitted starting in June.
A new award category has been added: the Small City Impact Award for communities under 30,000 population. Click here for project eligibility criteria. Questions? Call 651-307-4371.
Networking Event for MN attendees at Brownfields 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Brownfields conference in Atlanta is rapidly approaching. If you plan to attend, mark your calendars for a free networking/social event for Minnesota attendees on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Come after visiting the exhibit hall, before the environmental justice caucus, or stay for the whole evening. An email with further details will be sent shortly.
Staff Changes within Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Hans Neve, currently supervisor of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup (VIC) program, will be moving to the MPCA's Superfund area. Replacing Hans as the VIC program supervisor will be Gary Krueger. Hans has been a representative on Minnesota Brownfields Advisory Committee for the past few years. We appreciate his efforts within the VIC program and wish him success in the future.
Comments Sought on Draft Soil Leaching Value Guidance
The MPCA Remediation Division has posted a Draft Soil Leaching Value (SLV) Guidance for public comment on their webpage. The guidance can be used for evaluating risks posed by leaching of contaminants in soil to groundwater. Comments will be accepted until Monday, May 13, 2013 and should be directed to Hans Neve via email.
Bill Tracker: Environmental Response Fund
As of this writing, the provision to reinstate the mortgage registry and deed tax funding Hennepin and Ramsey County's Environmental Response Funds are now included in both the House and Senate Omnibus tax bills, HF677 and SF552. At issue is whether to extend the sunset for 10 years or to eliminate it altogether. Stay tuned for further updates between now and the end of the 2013 Session.
Dakota County Hearing on Solid Waste Management Ordinance The Dakota County Board of Commissioners will hold a May 7th public hearing on a proposal to amend Dakota County Ordinance No. 110, Solid Waste Management. Major amendments include a new section regulating off-site use of minimally contaminated soil from development projects and road construction projects, with new definitions, exclusions, and sampling requirements for the re-use of minimally contaminated soil. The hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m. on May 7 in the County Board Room, Dakota County Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings. Copies of the proposed amendments can be found on the Dakota County website. Comments can be emailed until 4:30 p.m., May 6, 2013.
Brownfield Grant Round Details
The Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED)'s Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Program, expects to grant approximately $4M in funds; applications were due on May 1. Meanwhile, Hennepin County expects to grant between $1-1.5M through the Environmental Response Fund. The Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Tax Base Revitalization Account and Ramsey County Environmental Response Fund will also be evaluating grant applications this month. Click here to access a useful comparison of the different grant programs.
Draft Petroleum Vapor Intrusion Guidance Released
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released draft guidance for addressing petroleum vapor intrusion at leaking underground storage tanks. Comments can submitted until May 24th. Click here to view the draft guidance.
|THANK YOU TO MEMBERS AND 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. Donate now.
We thank the following individuals and organizations 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
- American National Bank
- Barr Engineering Company
- Bay West
- Beazley Consulting
- Braun Intertec Corporation
- Jon Carlson
- Economic Development Association of Minnesota
- Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
- Gray Plant Mooty
- Halleland Habicht
- Hillcrest Development, LLLP
- Historical Information Gatherers
- Hyde Development, LLC
- Javelin Group
- Landmark Environmental, LLC
- Leonard, Street, and Deinard
- Loucks Associates
- Metropolitan Council
- Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
- The Opus Group
- Parkway Law
- Peer Engineering
- Pope Architects
- Saint Paul Port Authority
- Stoel Rives
- Western Bank
- Xcel Energy
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.