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Below are all of the financial incentives offered by the Indiana Brownfields Program. The Indiana Brownfields Program offers financial assistance primarily to qualifying political subdivisions (as defined by Indiana Code 13-11-2-164(c)) in Indiana to assess, demolish and remediate brownfield sites. For guidance on qualifying as a political subdivision for Indiana Brownfields Program financial assistance, click here.
The Indiana Brownfields Program works in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and provides support letters for applicants for U.S. EPA financial assistance and coordinates petroleum site eligibility determinations. To view U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant Awards in Indiana, click here.
For more information about the Indiana Brownfields Program's financial assistance, please contact Bonny Elifritz, Financial Resources Coordinator, at (317) 234-1688 or mail to: BElifritz@ifa.in.gov.
For more information about U.S. EPA funding, please contact Michele Oertel, Federal Funding & Community Relations Coordinator, at (317) 234-0235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following incentives are awarded as funding to reimburse actual expenses of recipient:
The purpose of the Indiana Brownfields Program's Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Incentive is to facilitate the redevelopment of brownfield sites by making low-cost funding available through low-to-zero interest loans to finance environmental cleanups and facilitate the public or private redevelopment of brownfield sites throughout the state. In September 2016, the IFA was notified of its fifth RLF Supplemental award in the amount of $300,000 from U.S. EPA. This award, with the IFA providing a 20% cost share/cash match of $60,000, is for hazardous substances funding targeted for a specific remediation project. While the Program's current balance of available RLF Grant funding is targeted for petroleum and hazardous substances cleanups in the Cities of Evansville and Richmond, any unobligated loan funds will be made available statewide once those anticipated loans close. Contact the Program for the maximum loan available.
Supplemental Environmental Projects
The Indiana Brownfields Program has collaborated with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to offer political subdivisions in Indiana access to Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) funds for brownfields redevelopment activities. SEPs are used by IDEM as a tool to settle enforcement cases. When IDEM agrees to allow a respondent to settle a case with a brownfield SEP, an agreed-upon amount from a civil penalty owed to IDEM is paid directly by the respondent to the IFA for use on a brownfield project. Examples of eligible uses of brownfield SEP funds include the following: Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, remediation and demolition activities, habitat restoration, and site acquisition. In order to administer this form of financial assistance, Program staff have developed guidelines for those communities that are the beneficiaries of a brownfield SEP to explain the eligible uses of the funding, administrative procedures for accepting and utilizing the funding, etc. Unlike other financial incentives received through the Indiana Brownfields Program, these are not funds for which an entity can apply; they result only from a negotiated settlement from IDEM's Office of Enforcement. The information below is, therefore, provided for those communities that are the beneficiary of a settlement involving a brownfield SEP or those respondents involved in negotiating a settlement with IDEM's Office of Enforcement that may be interested in proposing a brownfield SEP as part of a settlement. Questions regarding brownfield SEPs can be directed to Andrea Robertson, Senior Environmental Manager, at (317) 234-0968.
The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Initiative provides Phase I environmental site assessments conducted under the ASTM E1527-13 standard to political subdivisions to identify recognized environmental conditions on, and help quantify potential cleanup liability (e.g., pre-purchase due diligence to qualify as bona fide prospective purchaser) at, brownfield sites in their community.
The Petroleum Orphan Sites Initiative (POSI) assists political subdivisions by investigating and undertaking corrective action at brownfield sites contaminated with petroleum from a release from an underground storage tank (UST) for which there is no viable responsible party to conduct tank removal and cleanup. To facilitate redevelopment of such orphan properties, the Program will provide site assessment, UST removal, and remediation to close environmental conditions on a site under the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)’s Remediation Closure Guide. Hazardous substances or petroleum contamination from other on-site sources (e.g., hydraulic lifts, etc.) will also be addressed if funding is available. Sites to be funded will primarily be identified to the Program by the Enforcement Section of IDEM’s Office of Land Quality and the Leaking UST program. However, if a political subdivision has concerns about an abandoned petroleum UST site in its community, it can contact the Program to request an evaluation of the site for potential funding. It will be a goal of the Program for a No Further Action letter to be issued by IDEM to the site owner at the end of remediation.
Federal Tax Incentive – site eligibility determinations (qualified contaminated sites)
Originally signed into law in 1997 and extended through December 31, 2011 (further extension to be determined), the Brownfields Tax Incentive encouraged the cleanup and reuse of brownfields. Under the Brownfields Tax Incentive, environmental cleanup costs are fully deductible in the year incurred, rather than capitalized and spread over time. Improvements in 2006 expanded the tax incentive to include petroleum cleanup.
The Department of Local Government Finance may cancel any property taxes assessed against real property owned by a county, township, city, town or the state in a petition requesting that the department cancel the taxes is submitted by the auditor, assessor and treasurer of the county in which the real property is located (IC 6-1.1-36.7). This provision applies to any property, regardless of whether it is a brownfield site. However, there is a specific statutory provision dealing with the waiver or reduction of delinquent taxes on a brownfield property that applies to property owners as well. See IC 6-1.1-45.5. The brownfield tax reduction or waiver statute outlines a similar process for a person that owns or desires to own a brownfield to file a petition with the county auditor seeking a reduction or waiver of the delinquent tax liability.
As a part of the petition that is filed, the petitioner must seek a statement from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) that the property is a brownfield. Submittal of the tax reduction waiver form to the Indiana Brownfields Program will enable IDEM to make such a determination. In order to be eligible for reduction or waiver of taxes, the petitioner may not have contributed, or had an ownership interest in any entity that contributed, to the contamination of the property. For additional information about the state brownfield tax reduction waiver, please read the tax reduction waiver fact sheet. (Word)