National Brownfields Training Conference
Who Should Attend?
More information can be found here: http://www.brownfieldsconference.org/en/home
Save the Date
EPA Region 6 Brownfields
Grant Writing Workshop
October 6 – 8, 2015
EPA Addison Conference Facilities
Addison, TX (Dallas Suburbs)
Registration will be available through KSU/TAB in early August.
NM Brownfields will share additional information as it becomes available.
Technical Assistance Opportunity
Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance
Supporting local food production can improve economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses and give residents better access to healthy, fresh food. It can also spur revitalization of a main street, downtown, or neighborhood by bringing new activity. Communities interested in these benefits are invited to apply for technical assistance from the Local Foods, Local Places Program.
The application deadline is September 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
A brownfield is a property whose redevelopment is complicated by the presence of contamination or perceived contamination. It could be an old gas station, vacant motel, former industrial site, an abandoned dump, etc.
Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties can restore the environment, reduce health risks, eliminate blight, revitalize downtowns, create jobs, increase local tax bases, and create a sense of community pride.
|NMED can assist your community with its brownfield redevelopment project.|
Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA)
NMED offers free environmental evaluations of brownfield properties. Services include:
Local government units, tribal governments, quasi-public entities (such as community development organizations), and non-profit entities are eligible to request a TBA.
NMED considers the following criteria in prioritizing requests: feasibility of property redevelopment or reuse, potential economic/environmental/health benefits to the community, project timetable, and availability of funding.
EPA Region 6 also provides TBA services in the event that NMED cannot currently accommodate your request.
Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund
It is usually easier to find funding for redevelopment of a site than for cleanup. NMED offers low-interest loans with favorable terms that can be used for remediating contamination at an eligible brownfield site. The funds may also be used for asbestos removal or abatement. The availability of cleanup funding can leverage the other funding needed – on average, $18 for every dollar of brownfields funding.
Contact us to discuss the eligibility of your project and the application process.
Brownfield redevelopment requires community planning, environmental expertise, public and private partners, and familiarity with a myriad of potential sources of assistance. NMED can help you connect to the resources you need to make your project a Brownfields success story.
Assistance is also available through EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program.
Participants who successfully complete the VRP receive site closure documentation from NMED and liability protection for lenders and future purchasers.