Presentation on theme: "EPA ASSESSMENT GRANT PROGRAM Ottawa County, Ohio Presented by: Daniel R. Cassidy, CPG - SME Ann M. Winegar, PG - SME Karla Auker, PG – USEPA Soil and Materials."— Presentation transcript:
EPA ASSESSMENT GRANT PROGRAM Ottawa County, Ohio Presented by: Daniel R. Cassidy, CPG - SME Ann M. Winegar, PG - SME Karla Auker, PG – USEPA Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. Bay City Cincinnati Cleveland Grand Rapids Indianapolis Kalamazoo Lansing Plymouth Shelby Twp Traverse City Toledo Consultants in Geosciences, Materials and Environment
OVERVIEW What Are Brownfields EPA Assessment Grant
BROWNFIELDS – CONTAMINATED SITES Brownfield Site (EPA) The term “brownfield site” means real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
BROWNFIELDS Manufacturing plants Gas stations Tool and die shops Machine shops Steel fabricators Dry cleaners Printing shops Paint shops Auto repair shops Oil/fuel terminals Farms Marinas Greenhouses Agricultural suppliers Municipal dumps Municipal public works yards Asphalt plants Former coal yards Manufactured gas plant sites Scrap yards Blacksmith shops Shooting ranges
WHAT CREATED BROWNFIELDS Closed industrial and commercial facilities Economics Population changes City development and planning changes Unintended consequences of federal and state environmental regulations Liability for contamination Stringent cleanup requirements Relative costs of development – old urban sites vs. new suburban land
WHY REDEVELOP BROWNFIELDS Reuse existing infrastructure Increase tax base Attract new employees and residents Control hazards Environmental contamination Dangerous buildings Other site hazards Sustainable development Revitalize urban core areas Reduce sprawl pressures
BROWNFIELD ISSUES Environmental liability and cleanup Demolition (internal, structure) Site conditions Environmental - residual impact, engineering controls, institutional controls Buildability - soil conditions, subsurface infrastructure, infrastructure modifications Matching a development/developer and site
SITE ASSESSMENT GRANT Grants provided to tribes, states, local units of government, regional councils, and redevelopment agencies Grant levels (individual communities) Up to $200,000 for hazardous substances sites Up to $200,000 for petroleum sites Grant levels (coalitions) Up to $1,000,000 for sites Any ratio for hazardous substances and petroleum sites Three-year performance period CERCLA performance criteria
SITE ELIGIBILITY Hazardous Substances Grantee cannot be a liable party (e.g. owner, operator, arranger, …) for site contamination Other owner, developer, etc. can be a liable party Petroleum Grantee cannot be a liable party Neither the developer NOR immediately preceding owner can be a liable party Site cannot be a state “priority site” for cleanup
ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES Community outreach Grant “marketing” Community involvement in site selection and funds use Brownfields inventory Environmental Assessments Due diligence ( property acquisition – seller or buyer ) »Phase I site assessment »Phase II site assessment »Hazardous Materials Assessments (asbestos, lead paint) Remedial investigation
ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES (cont.) Cleanup planning Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) Developing Remedial Action Plan or Interim Response Plan under the Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program (VAP) or Ohio Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR)
Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program Created by the Ohio legislature to give entities a way to investigate possible environmental contamination, clean it up if necessary, and receive a promise from the State of Ohio that no more cleanup is needed (Covenant Not to Sue).
Ohio BUSTR Program Regulates Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) in Ohio Oversees response, assessment, and cleanup at sites where releases from UST systems have occurred. Issues “No Further Action” (NFA) letter when corrective action or cleanup at these sites meets their standards.
Ottawa County’s Grant Funding FY 2009 - $200,000 Assessment Grant – Hazardous Substances (Closed) FY 2012 - $200,000 Assessment Grant – Hazardous Substances FY 2012 - $200,000 Assessment Grant – Petroleum
FY 2009 Assessment Grant Summary Lake Erie Business Park Conducted hazardous materials assessments on 8 former army depot structures to prepare them for demo/rehab. Conducted Phase II on an approximately 70-acre parcel in the south portion of the business park to help market the site and support environmental liability management for a prospective purchaser.
FY 2009 Assessment Grant (continued) Port Clinton Marina & Port Clinton Waterworks Conducted Phase I and Phase II of the Waterworks property and Phase II of the Marina property to prepare sites for redevelopment of Port Clinton’s waterfront area. Ross Abbott Property Conducted Phase I and Phase II of this former machine shop/auto repair facility in Genoa to determine liability management requirements for prospective purchaser. Site is currently in process of changing ownership and being re-utilized.
FY 2009 Assessment Grant (continued) Transmissions Unlimited Phase II of this auto repair facility to aid in marketability of the site for redevelopment and to determine liability management requirements for prospective purchaser. 214 East Main Street Asbestos Hazard Assessment of vacant residential structure. The structure was demolished and the property was converted to green space for public use.
The Process 1.Complete site application (available on Ottawa County website) and submit to Regional Planning Commission.
The Process (continued) 2.County Assessment Grant Board reviews application and votes on whether to approve the site for use of grant funds. 3.If a site is approved by the Board, SME completes an eligibility form for the site and submits it for review to: »USEPA - if site assessment is going to be funded by the Hazardous Substances grant. »BUSTR - if contamination or suspected contamination is petroleum products and the site assessment is going to be funded by the Petroleum grant.
The Process (continued) 4.If USEPA or BUSTR confirm the site eligibility determination, Phase I site assessment can proceed. 5.If a Phase II assessment is planned, SME prepares a Sample and Analysis Plan (SAP) and Health and Safety Plan (HASP). The SAP must be approved by the USEPA before field work can begin.
HOW YOU CAN HELP Help identify eligible brownfield sites Tell others in the community about this program Tell interested sellers and developers about this program Send interested sellers and developers to get more information
EPA ASSESSMENT GRANT PROGRAM Ottawa County, Ohio Daniel R. Cassidy, CPG - SME Ann M. Winegar, PG - SME Karla Auker, PG – USEPA Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. Bay City Cincinnati Cleveland Grand Rapids Indianapolis Kalamazoo Lansing Plymouth Shelby Twp Traverse City Toledo Consultants in Geosciences, Materials and Environment