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Brownfield Properties


What's NEW! - FY2008 ARC Guidelines

The FY2008 Proposal Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants have been released and are now available at
http://www.epa.gov/swerrims/grants-funding.htm#EPA-OSWER-OBCR-07-09
and on grants.gov. The due date for proposal submission is October 12, 2007.


The webpage contains a schedule, agendas, minutes and other information. If you have any questions about the stakeholder workshops can be directed to Elizabeth Stone at RI DEM at 222-4700, ext. 2422 or elizabeth.stone@dem.ri.gov.

National Brownfields Conference
Brownfields 2008
May 5-7, 2008
Detroit, Michigan
http://www.brownfields2008.org/en/index.aspx

The next National Brownfields Conference will take place May 5-7, 2008, at Detroit's Cobo Center.


New materials are now on the EPA website about the Federal Brownfields Tax Incentive and Treasury's New Markets Tax Credit Program and how they can benefit brownfields cleanup and redevelopment. Please visit http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/mmatters.htm to see the four Tax Incentive case studies and New Markets fact sheet.


The Brownfields Tax Incentive, which expired on December 31, 2003, was renewed when the President signed the Working Families Tax Relief Act (Public Law §108-313) in October 2004. The law extended the period that taxpayers can take advantage of this benefit from the time it expired through December 31, 2005. Since 1997, the Brownfields Tax Incentive has allowed taxpayers to deduct cleanup costs in the year they are incurred, rather than having to be capitalized. For additional information go to: http://www.epa.gov/swerosps/bf/bftaxinc.htm.


Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries was signed by the EPA Administrator and published in the Federal Register on August 26, 2004. The proposed rule would establish specific regulatory requirements for conducting all appropriate inquiries into the previous ownership, uses, and environmental conditions of a property for the purposes of qualifying for certain landowner liability protections under CERCLA. EPA developed the proposed rule using a Negotiated Rulemaking process. The proposed rule retains the regulatory language developed by the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.


DEM is pleased to announce the availability of nonpoint source (NPS) management; wetlands protection and restoration (WPR); bay watershed action (BayWAG); and marine pumpout facility (MPF) grants.


The General Assembly passed Brownfields Legislation H-7489 SubA on June 4, 2002. The legislation makes technical corrections to the existing brownfields legislation, requires a public record of remediation work to be created and requires reports to the General Assemble on the issues of environmental insurance and the registration of environmental professionals.


A new site has been created to allow potential developers and interested parties to see where brownfields and other underutilized sites are in state.  Before using the site it is recommended that one reads about the data to understand the limits of existing information.   (Go to the site introduction.)


Friday, January 11, 2002 President Bush signed the Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act of 2001 ( H.R. 2869). The measure-authored by Senator Chafee-is designed to encourage the cleanup of brownfields, and combines the Senator's original brownfields legislation with the Small Business Liability Act. (Bill Summary, Chafee's Press Release, Copy of the House Passed Bill) H-7323.


Friday, August 30, 2002 will see the inaugural class of the Providence Brownfields Employment and Training program graduate! These seventeen individuals have worked hard to acquire their certificates in Lead Supervisor/Contractor, Asbestos Supervisor/Contractor, HAZWOPER with OSHA 10 hour safety, and Alternative Remediation.  The funding for this program to train individuals in remediation techniques was provided by the US Environmental Protection agency and is overseen locally by the non-profit organization Groundwork Providence.  (For more information)


The new tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic commercial structures took effect next January 1. (See: regulations) Owners of these structures can now apply for income -tax breaks equal to 30% of what they spend on major renovations. Over 900 structures in the State are listed on the National Register for Historic Places and are therefore eligible for the credit. The bill requires that the cost of the rehabilitation equals at least 50% of the adjusted property basis of the property to qualify. For more information contact Virginia S. Hesse at 222-2678.


The Rhode Island building rehabilitation code updates have been approved by the Building and Fire Commissions. Pending final approval of the language by a legislative oversight commission, the new code will become effective on May 1. The revisions will allow more flexibility assure the owner of a more predictable result, reduce the cost when restoring buildings and continue to protect public safety. For more information, or a copy of the code, contact Carol Marsellaat 222-3190.


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This information is provided from EPA New England (Region 1). For updates from Headquarters or other regions, please go to www.epa.gov/swerosps/bf/announcg.htm.

last updated: 9/23/08

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