Minnesota Brownfields News 
2014 MN Environmental Law Insitute
Hosted by MN CLE
April 17, Minneapolis
Registration and more info here   


Soil Reuse 2.0 Forum
Hosted by Minnesota Brownfields
May 15th, St. Paul
Credit card registration here
Check/Purchase order registration here 
IEDC/EDAM Joint Conference
June 1-3, Radisson Blu at the Mall of America
More info 
2014 Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Awards
October 23, St. Paul Union Depot
Minnesota News
National News
Thank You Members & Sponsors

Publications Available
Minnesota Brownfields has released a new report on the potential for cost and CO2 savings from increased off-site reuse of soil from brownfield redevelopment sites. View the Executive Summary here.

Minnesota Brownfields 2013 Annual Report is available here.



MC logo Metropolitan Council Brownfield Grant Forms Available

The Metropolitan Council's Livable Communities 2014 grant application forms -- including its Tax Base Revitalization Account -- are now available, with over $19M in available funding. View the notice of funding availability here.  Applicants may  apply online using WebGrants here.


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New AgVIC Site Application Available

The MN Department of Agriculture's Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup Program has released a new application, also available on the MDA website. Among the changes to the form is the request for the property identification number (PIN) and the state and federal taxpayer IDs #s. Application is found here. 



$1.4M Awarded for Redevelopment & Demolition Projects 

The MN Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) recently announced two redevelopment grants awards to the cities of Fosston for its Johnson Avenue Project and St. Paul for its former downtown Post Office site, as well as two Demolition Loans for the cities of Glencoe and Ogilvie. The redevelopment projects are expected to create and retain 84 jobs, increase the tax base by more than $870,000 and result in commercial development.  View the full announcement here.     



Mortenson Tops off Washburn Center for Children 

Mortenson Construction recently held a topping off ceremony for the $25.6 million Washburn Center for Children building under construction at Dupont and Glenwood Avenues in north Minneapolis. The new 76,000-square-foot building, which received early funding from Hennepin County's Brownfield Gap Financing Program, will be twice as big as the existing facility for the Washburn Center, which provides mental health services for children. Read Finance & Commerce's coverage here.  



MPCA logo On the Trail of Vapor:  Inquiry Expanding Statewide 

The discovery that toxic vapor can rise from contaminated groundwater has undercut decades of pollution cleanup efforts in Minnesota, prompting state regulators to revisit 293 sites to determine wether underground contamination has been producing health hazards.While cleanups in southeast Minneapolis and St. Louis Park have been well publicized, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is reviewing 293 cleanup sites statewide for potential vapor issues. Find the full article link here.



Recycling Metrodome Materials 

More than 80 percent of the former Metrodome structure is being reused, including: concrete (foundation and supports), steel, the Teflon fabric roof, the soil beneath and around it, the bright-blue seats and field turf within it.  Crews have removed 540,000 cubic yards of soil from the site, with about 310,000 cubic yards to go. Soil has undergone extensive environmental testing, and it will revert to the construction site when needed.  


House Introduces Brownfields Financing Legislation
The Brownfield Redevelopment and Economic Development Innovative Financing Act of 2014 was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would re-establish a guaranteed financing program for brownfields at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and allow localities to utilize innovative financing mechanisms to begin the redevelopment process. Loans, ranging from $25,000-150,000, could cover initial costs of brownfields redevelopment such as acquisition, remediation, relocation of facilities, and site preparation. Read more here.

ASTM Phase I Changes and All Appropriate Inquiries: Presentation Available
Need to catch up on the latest ASTM Phase I and AAI changes?  The New Jersey Institute of Technology offered a webinar on the changes to and challenges of using the new ASTM 1527-13 Phase I environmental site assessment standard. Slides are now available here.  


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.

Thanks 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
  • Central Iron Range Initiative  
  • City of Duluth/DEDA 
  • Jon Carlson
  • Dominium 
  • Economic Development Association of Minnesota 
  • Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • Halleland Habicht 
  • Hillcrest Development, LLLP  
  • Historical Information Gatherers
  • Hyde Development, LLC
  • Impact 7G
  • Javelin Group
  • Landmark Environmental, LLC
  • LHB Inc. 
  • Liesch  
  • Loucks Associates
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • The Opus Group   
  • Parkway Law
  • Peer Engineering
  • Saint Paul Port Authority
  • Sherman Associates
  • Stinson Leonard Street 
  • Stoel Rives
  • 3M 
  • TKDA 
  • 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.