November 2015
Minnesota Brownfields News
Upcoming Events & Announcements
Minnesota Health Impact Assessment Conference
November 16-17
Minneapolis, MN
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Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Awards
Thursday, November 12th
Union Depot, St. Paul
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Minnesota News
Brownfields professionals on the move   
Sherry Van Duyn has been named President of Landmark Environmental, effective
Sherry Van Duyn, Landmark Environmental President
September 24, 2015. Van Duyn has been Vice President since Landmark's founding in 2000. She is replacing Ken Haberman, who will remain a key member of Landmark's team as Executive Vice President.

Heather Rand,  currently a regional economic developer for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, will step in as Duluth's Director of Business and Economic Development starting November 30, pending City Council approval.

Louis Jambois of the Saint Paul Port Authority will retire in February after 7 years with the organization. After seeing the SPPA through the transformation of the Midway Stadium, redevelopment of Macy's, and cleanup of the 3M site, Jambois is retiring to spend more time with family.

Funding available in the Targeted Brownfields Assessment Program through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Under MNTBAP, the 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 John Betcher or Shanna Schmitt.
Underground Storage Tank Rule Update- MPCA
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will soon begin work on a new rulemaking project related to Underground Storage Tanks (UST). Some of the proposed changes to UST rules include:
  • adding secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping;
  • adding operator training requirements for UST system owners and operators;
  • adding periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems;
  • removing past deferrals for emergency generator tanks, airport hydrant systems, and field constructed tanks;
  • adding new release prevention and detection technologies; and
  • updating codes of practice.
If you are interested in receiving information about this rulemaking project by email as it progresses, sign up here.
 
For more information about the rule, click here.
Renewable Energy on Brownfields - save the date
On January 22 2016, Minnesota Brownfields will host a session on the various issues relating to developing solar energy on brownfields. This session will include topics such as market economics of developing solar, trends in solar development, site considerations and development, permitting and regulations, and risk and liability. 

Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Martha Faust at 651-307-4371 for details.
Minnesota Brownfields Board Member, staff find parallels in brownfield redevelopment, endurance events

Minnesota Brownfields Board Member Mary Sands and Program Coordinator Natalie Brown have both participated in different races this fall. Sands completed the Ironman Triathlon in Madison, WI in September, and Brown completed the Twin Cities Marathon in October. While running, biking, or swimming, neither of them could keep their minds off of brownfield redevelopment! Both endurance events and brownfield redevelopment require similar dedication; both need support teams, money, and plenty of time and expertise. Neither Sands nor Brown could have completed their events were it not for the help of friends and volunteers on the course. Now, if only grant funds could be used to pay for the registration fees... 
National News
Online Trainings through ITRC
November 10, 12:00- 2:15pm CST
EPA releases RE-Powering's Electronic Decision Tree Tool
EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative is has announced its release of an Electronic Decision Tree tool to help communities, local governments, site owners and other stakeholders explore the feasibility of solar or wind energy on formerly contaminated properties and underutilized sites. For more information and to download the tool, visit the program's website here 
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.
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.