New York Brownfield Cleanup Program

NYSDEC To Finally End Voluntary Cleanup Program

In 1994, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) established an administrative voluntary cleanup program (VCP) in which landowners, prospective purchasers and other parties could investigate and/or remediate sites that are contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum under the supervision of the NYSDEC (See “Organization and Delegation Memorandum #94-32, Policy: Voluntary Cleanup Program”). …

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NYSDEC Adopts Final Definition of “Underutilized” for NYC Brownfield Sites

Over a year after the 2015 amendments to the state Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) went into effect and eight months after the legislative deadline, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) announced it was adopting amendments to its Part 375 regulations defining what constitutes  “underutilized” and “affordable housing”.  The definitions are important because …

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NYSDEC Proposes Revised Brownfield “Underutilized” Definition

The NYSDEC’s much awaited revised definition of underutilized that was required as part of the 2015 Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) reforms will be published in the March 9, 2016 New York State Register (NYR). The proposed definition is currently available on the NYSDEC website As previously  discussed, the 2015 BCP amendments replaced the ‘as of …

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Searchable BCP Tax Credit Database Show Who Has Received Tax Credits and How Much

Because of the changes and controversy surrounding the  NYSDEC Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), there has been some skepticism in the real estate community about the amount of  tax credits that the Department of Taxation and Finance actually approves and if those amounts are near what is supposed to be available under the BCP. The following …

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Principal New York State Environmental Laws Impacting Commercial Leasing Transactions

Parties to commercial leasing transactions frequently overlook environmental issues because they believe that tenants who do not use large quantities of hazardous chemicals will not be exposed to significant environmental liability. Consequently, the parties may do little to no environmental due diligence and use obsolete or boilerplate lease provision that do not specifically allocate environmental …

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OER’s Suite of Tools To Facilitate Brownfield Development

Back in mid-November, the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) participated in a brownfield conference sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.  In a series of presentations, OER provided an update on the various initiatives it has created to help facilitate the redevelopment of contaminated properties in …

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DEC Misses Deadline for Finalizing Underutilized Definition

As we have previously discussed, the 2015 Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) reforms that removed the tangible property cost (TPC) tax credit as an “as of right” benefit for NYC brownfield sites required NYSDEC to issue proposed definitions of “underutilized” and “affordable housing” by mid-June and to  finalize the definitions by October 1st. The agency met …

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NYSDOH Lowers Vapor Intrusion Action Levels for TCE

As anyone who has gone through the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is all too aware, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has an important role in the cleanup process. The NYSDOH is responsible for determining that work completed under the NYSDEC remedial programs are protective of public health for the …

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New BCP Application Can Be a Trap for the Unwary Applicant

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has unveiled its revised Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application to implement the sweeping changes to the BCP that became partially effective on July 1st. The new form is available HERE The revised application requires applicants to provide more detailed information about the brownfield site, the development project and the …

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