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The North Carolina Brownfields Program, authorized by the state statute known as the Brownfields Property Reuse Act, provides a mechanism to treat prospective developers of brownfield sites differently than the parties responsible for contaminating them. Prospective developers negotiate a brownfields agreement with the program that defines activities needed to make the site suitable for reuse, rather than cleaning up the site to regulatory standards (which responsible parties are required to do).


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January 15, 2016

Public meeting planned for draft Enka Partners brownfields agreement


The N.C. Division of Waste Management has scheduled a public meeting for 6-8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Asheville Buncombe Community College to gather peoples' feedback on a proposed brownfields agreement in Asheville. Enka Partners has proposed redeveloping the property that once served as a landfill for recreational purposes, concessions, public restroom facilities, open space, greenways, parking and associated driveways.
To see the full notice of intent to redevelop the brownfields property, click here.


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November 3, 2015

EPA Provides Summary of Changes to 2016 Grant Guidance


A summary of changes to the EPA Fiscal Year 2016 Brownfields CERCLA 128(a) Grant Guidance Document can be accessed by clicking HERE.


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November 3, 2015

EPA announces 20016 Request for Proposals - FY 2016 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grant Guidelines


The brownfields grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding 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). The proposal submission deadline is December 18, 2015.

More information may be obtained by clicking HERE.

Grant writing tips can be found HERE.


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November 2, 2015

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced it is soliciting applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs.


Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

EDA is employing a new two-phase review process for proposals/applications submitted under this FFO. There are no submission deadlines. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new EDAP FFO. Proposals will be reviewed by EDA within 30 days of receipt; and following the proposal review, full applications will be reviewed within 60 days of receipt. Please see Section IV. of the FFO for complete information on EDA’s two-phase review process.

To see the FFO, click HERE.

For more detailed information, click HERE.


October 12, 2015

The Redevelopment Now Program is Accepting Applications


The NC Brownfields Program is accepting Redevelopment Now applications to the program.  Please submit your application with your fee payment and the Consent Form.


October 2, 2015

The EPA Region 4 Brownfields Program invites you to participate in a Webinar focused on Applying for Cleanup Grants


The EPA Region 4 Brownfields Program will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 2015, which will focus on the process for applying for cleanup grants.

Topics to be covered are:

  • Eligibility/Threshold Requirements
  • Site Ownership
  • All appropriate Inquiry (AAI)
  • Grant Writing Tips
  • Highlights from Susccessful Cleanup Grantees

The Webinar may be accessed by cliking HERE, or at the following Link:


Please contact the following individuals if you have questions prior to the webinar:

Brian Gross – 404-562-8604,
Keriema Newman – 404-562-8859,
Camilla Warren – 404-562-8519,

March 31, 2015

Brownfields 2015 Slated for September 2-4 in Chicago


Ever want to get inside the mind of a developer?  Want to understand how environmental liability works, both within and outside of a brownfields context?  Want to know what is important to lenders on brownfields projects? Community outreach and planning? Land banking?  Leveraging investment?  Going from grants to brick and mortar? Learning brownfields lessons from others who have lived it?  Whether you are a brownfields veteran or a novice just becoming acquainted with redeveloping contaminated property, you will benefit by attending the greatest brownfields learning opportunity on earth when Brownfields 2015 comes to Chicago, September 2-4.  Make your plans now!

October 23, 2014

Program Provides Template Fill-in Form for the Standard Environmental Management Plan


The Brownfields Program frequently requires an environmental management plan (EMP) in its brownfields agreements.  It is designed to ensure that there is an approved plan for handling contaminated media at the property during construction/development activities.  We have seen wide range of plans produced at various sites and are aware that there has been some uncertainty in environmental consultants producing these plans.   Our object in producing this template is to distill the plan into its most important components and make it as simple as a fill-in form.  Our goal is to both standardize and streamline Environmental Management Plans, ensuring that the data we need will be provided and reduce the number of review cycles required.  We hope this also reduces the overall cost to prospective developers, both in time and money. 

The plans can be found in our Statute and Guidance section of our Web site.  Please be advised that the plan should only be prepared at the request of your project manager.  This is important because not all plans will be produced at the same time….at some projects it will be necessary only after completion of the brownfields agreement and some projects will need them prior to completion.  Also, not all sites will require such a plan.  Therefore, to avoid uncertainty and unnecessary work and reviews, the timing for producing such plans should be set by your project manager.   

The Program would like to thank all of the stakeholders who provided comments on this form as we produced it.  If you have any questions or comments about the Template, please check with your project manager.

August 7, 2014

ReVenture Park Receives U.S.EPA's "Excellence in Site Reuse" Award

ReVenture Park, Charlotte’s first Eco-Industrial Park, is located on a former 667-acre textile dye-manufacturing complex. It has become a national redevelopment model that can be duplicated on dormant industrial sites scattered throughout the country.  This once-shuttered manufacturing complex has been turned into a thriving hub of clean energy innovation and eco-friendly technologies. The U.S. EPA honored ReVenture Park with the “Excellence in Site Reuse” Award today during ReVenture’s public unveiling ceremony, attended by Governor Pat McCrory.
EPA Region 4 created the Excellence in Site Reuse award to recognize those who have made outstanding efforts to reuse a Superfund site through cooperative efforts with EPA. Selected recipients have gone above and beyond to ensure sites are reused in a manner compatible with site remedies and that makes sites’ beneficial use possible for many years to come. Forsite Development, Inc. is being recognized for its commitment to safely and sustainably reuse a property along the Catawba River that was formerly contaminated by years of industrial operations.


Click HERE for more information.
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