Month: March 2014

EPA Issues Administrative Order for Gowanus Remedy Design

EPA issued a unilateral administrative order (UAO) under section 106 of CERCLA to implement a remedial design (RD) for the Gowanus Canal. EPA took this action after negotiations with responsible parties bogged down. The agency wants the RD fieldwork to commence this spring. Back in September 2013, EPA issued a Notice for the Commencement of …

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BCP Reform Not Part of Budget Deal

[updated March 31st] In January, Governor Cuomo proposed sweeping reforms to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP). The proposed changes rattled the real estate industry and caused a surge of BCP applications filed by developers who wanted to enroll in the BCP before the proposed tax changes too effect. On Wednesday morning, though, stakeholders involved in the BCP …

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Governor and Legislature Closing Gap on Brownfield Reform

[NOTE: Updated to reflect Assembly bill ] With only a week remaining for New York to adopt its 2014-15 budget, extension of the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) remains on the table. It appears that a consensus is emerging on the shape of the brownfield amendments or at least the number of key outstanding issues has …

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NY Senate Introduces It Own BCP Reform Package

[Updated] A month after Governor Cuomo proposed sweeping reforms to the Brownfield Cleanup Program, the New York State Senate proposed its own BCP amendments. The bill (S. 6359—C) is available at here. The legislation includes a number of the changes proposed by the Governor’s bill including extending the BCP tax credits to 2025, extending the hazardous …

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OER Proposes Amendments to Brownfield Incentive Grant Program

The New York City Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) has proposed rules that would amend its Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) Program. The proposed rule will continue the BIG Program at reduced appropriations. In addition, OER is proposing additional changes to the BIG program to increase the program’s value for developers remediating brownfields across the city. …

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EPA Modifies RLF Policy To Facilitate Affordable Housing Protects on Brownfields

When Mathy Stanislaus departed New York to take the helm of EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), he told the New York brownfield community that one his primary goals was to reform the EPA Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program so it could better support affordable housing on brownfield sites. Changing long-standing agency …

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Is NYSDEC Already Using the Proposed “New” Definition of Brownfield Site?

With the tax credits for the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) scheduled to expire at the end of December 2015, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has been inudated with applications. Indeed, according to informal betting pool among NYSDEC brownfield employees, the agency anticipates receiving 100 applications by July 1st –the …

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