Economic Opportunities Working with Blighted Properties
The expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of most brownfield properties is complicated by the possible presence of pollutants in soil or groundwater. Certain building materials, such as asbestos and lead, pose additional challenges because they must be managed as hazardous waste during and after demolition.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the US. Cleaning up and redeveloping these properties creates many societal and environmental benefits: (1) increasing local tax bases, (2) adding jobs, (3) increasing nearby property values, (4) reducing pressures to develop open land, and (5) improving and protecting the environment. Early in its Brownfields Program USEPA sponsored hundreds of two-year brownfields “pilot” projects by providing small amounts of seed money to local governments. Brownfield grants continue to serve as the foundation of USEPA’s Brownfields Program.
A significant amount of BB&J’s revenues come from environmental due diligence- and brownfield-related projects ranging from small cellular communications sites to properties greater than 300 acres in size. In these projects, BB&J professionals conduct site investigations and assessments to meet the standard of care and practice defined in ASTM International Standards E1527-05 and E1903-97, and their predecessors. By following these standards, BB&J is able to state that its work has been conducted in accordance with the “All Appropriate Inquiries” standard defined in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 312. Meeting these standards provides brownfields buyers with “innocent landowners” protection from Superfund liability.
Breadth of Experience
BB&J routinely works with numerous local, state, and federal regulatory bodies in the course of completing a variety of brownfield-related due diligence, site restoration, and cleanup projects. For example, a recent BB&J brownfield project in Chicago, Illinois involved three elements: (1) USEPA (i.e., Superfund); (2) state air, water, and hazardous waste programs; and (3) assistance and support from the local community. In addition, BB&J professionals have worked with USEPA and the U.S. military in support of federal contracts including the Remedial Action Contract (RAC); the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Enforcement Permitting Assistance (REPA) Contract, and under the Navy CLEAN II Contract.
Related BB&J Services: Brownfield Redevelopment
- Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
- Site Investigation Work Plans
- Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
- Remedial Action Plans
- Asbestos and Lead-based Paint Removal
- Site Decommissioning
- Grant Writing
- Identification of Funding Sources
- Quarterly Brownfield Reporting
- Re-use Planning
- Stakeholder Meetings / Public Participation