NYC OER

OER Grants Available for Petroleum Assessments But Need to Move Quickly

The NYC Office of Environmental Remediation just announced that it has a little over $100K to award for petroleum assessments this summer. The source  of the grant money is the brownfield revolving loan fund that was awarded by EPA to OER under section 104(k) of CERCLA. The federally-funded grant may be used for phase 1 or …

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Environmental Restrictions Now Fully Enforceable by NYC DOB

In June, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) completed uploading into its Buildings Information System (BIS) approximately 200 Restrictive Declarations (RD) that can impose certain environmental obligations relating to hazardous materials. This action means that parties seeking building permits and certificates of occupancy for sites subject to RDs will have to demonstrate they have satisfied …

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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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NY Governor Sends Revised BCP Reform Bill to Legislature

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo sent his sweeping BCP reforms to the State Legislature. Under the state Constitution, the Governor has 30 days to make technical amendments to his budget legislation without involving the legislature. Despite vociferous complaints by brownfield developers, environmental lawyers and affordable housing advocates about the severe curtailments to the categories of projects …

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Governor Cuomo Proposes Sweeping Amendments to Brownfield Program

[Note: This post will be periodically updated as new information becomes available about the proposed legislative changes ] Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his budget legislation today. As expected, the legislation proposed sweeping changes to the state Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP). The proposed legislation adopts the recommendations of the New York State Tax Reform and Fairness Commission …

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New OER Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) Program To Be Limited By Project Size

We previously discussed that the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) program had become fully subscribed meaning that all of the funds appropriated for the program have been committed to projects. OER has been working on obtaining additional appropriation to fund new BIG applications. The good news is that OER has recently …

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NYC OER To Issue Environmental Review and Assessment (ERA) letters

One of the key challenges facing purchasers of contaminated property is that the Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser, Contiguous Property Owner and Innocent Purchaser liability protections that are available under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) and similar state laws are self implementing. While EPA may occasionally enter into a …

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NYC Developers Need to Anticipate Possible Hazardous Waste Fees

Large swaths of New York City contain fill material that may contain constituents such as heavy metals. Other soils may contain VOCs, petroleum and lead paint from demolished buildings. As a result, brownfield projects in New York City can generate large quantities of excavated soil that may have to be managed as hazardous waste. Having …

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