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Model Settlement Agreement

DRAFT Mission Statement

Progress on Conference Recommen-

Waste Permit Streamlining Task Force-
Brownfields Working Group

Agendas Minutes
Agenda, 5/18/01 Draft Minutes, 4/6/01
Draft Minutes, 4/24/01
Draft Minutes, 5/4/01
Draft Minutes, 5/18/01
Draft Minutes, 6/1/01

Issues of Concern



1 A

Brownfields projects should be handled by a separate staff / process.

2 A

There should be better coordination of the Brownfields program between DEM and the local governments.

3 A

More work should be done to build an inventory of Brownfields sites throughout the state. The comprehensive plans could be used as a tool to build this inventory.

4 A

Is the DEM regulatory culture conducive to goals of the Brownfields program?

5 A

The process should be an efficient process; sites approved quickly, but environmental and public health concerns should not be compromised.

6 A

Review the Grow smart recommendations for possible implementation.

7 A

DEM should conduct a public outreach program that explains the goals of the program.

8 P

DEM should develop a model Settlement Agreement.

9 P

Develop a policy on urban fill that allows remediation to occur in an expedited manner. Policy should encourage site reuse and discourage urban sprawl.

10 P

Develop a policy / regulatory objective for the remediation of distressed properties.

11 P

Develop an alliance with impacted constituencies of distressed properties i.e. bankruptcy attorneys, trustees, banks, receivers, etc. that will encourage the remediation of these sites.

12 P

Increase the capacity of local governments to handle Brownfields issues.

13 P

Review the public notification process to determine the appropriate level of public involvement, i.e. public hearing vs. public notice.

14 P

Develop a policy/change regulations that encourages an expedited remediation process for "simpler sites".

15 P

Evaluate a limited LSP process for the "simpler sites. Look at the possibility of allowing third party certification of site conditions and an expedited review of Settlement Agreements and Remedial Action Plans.

16 P

Encourage the development of a public / private consortium that will help to get "simpler sites" remediated. Have this organization be responsible for developing a certification program that includes an independent audit function.

17 R

Shift some of the work of the Brownfields program to local governments after local capacity has been enhanced.

P=policy; A=administrative; R=regulatory; D=DEM generated

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