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NYSDEC Swamped With BCP Applications Seeking to Beat Changes to Tax Credits

As we previously discussed, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature reached an agreement on sweeping reforms to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) as part of the 2015-16 state budget. Among the significant changes which are scheduled to take effect on July 1st are that sites located in New York City will no longer be eligible …

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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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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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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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Key NY BCP Deadline May Be April 2014, not December 2015

As we have previously discussed, the lucrative tax credits available to parties who remediate sites under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) expire on December 31, 2015. To qualify for the tax credits, BCP applicants must obtain certificates of completion (COC) from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) by that date. The buildings on these …

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NYSDEC Adds New Categories of Sites To Database To Chagrin of Some Property Owners

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) recently announced that it had added approximately 1,950 sites to its Environmental Site Remediation Database Search database of sites that are subject to one of the agency’s remedial programs. The  NYSDEC said it was adding these additional sites to facilitate real estate transactions and address the …

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CERCLA Contribution Action Not Available for BCP/VCP Cleanup

In Queens W. Dev. Corp. v. Honeywell Int’l, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91795 (D.N.J. 2011), the plaintiff developers commenced remedial activities at two parcels that were accepted into the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) and Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the defendants as successors …

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