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Brownfields Program

Environmental Protection. Economic Stewardship

Indiana Brownfields Program

Welcome to the Indiana Brownfields Program. Our mission is to encourage and assist investment in the redevelopment of brownfield properties by helping communities via educational, financial, technical and legal assistance to identify and mitigate environmental barriers that impede local economic growth.  To receive updates regarding our Program, you may subscribe (and unsubscribe at any time) to our listserv at the bottom of this and every page under "State Information, Email Updates - GovDelivery" or simply click here.


COVID-19 Update – Ongoing Operations


With Governor Holcomb’s "Back on Track Indiana", we want to assure you that the Indiana Brownfields Program (Program) whether working remotely or back in the office, continues to serve your environmental needs to facilitate local brownfield redevelopment in order to support local economies.  Please know that you will continue to have access to our services, and we will continue to strive to provide the same level of service moving forward.


As always, we appreciate your open communication and flexibility.  We will do our best to extend the same to you as we move through these unprecedented times. Please feel free to contact any Program staff with any questions regarding changes/logistics with document submittals (e.g., electronic versions), timeframes, etc.  We will handle inquiries as we would during the normal course of business. 


Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  Stay safe and healthy!


Items of Interest


The 2019 National Brownfields Training Conference that was held on December 11-13 in Los Angeles, California, has power point presentation materials for some educational sessions available on the conference web site at https://brownfields2019.org/.

Offered every two years, this conference is the largest gathering of stakeholders focused on cleaning up and reusing formerly utilized commercial and industrial properties.  U.S. EPA co-sponsors this event with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).  The next Brownfields Training Conference is scheduled to be held in Oklahoma City in 2021. Check out https://brownfields2021.org/. And the Brownfields 2021 Call for Ideas is now open with submittals due August 24, 2020.


Site Solicitation for Financial Assistance
The Indiana Brownfields Program (Program) continues to seek sites to evaluate for financial assistance as applicable/appropriate/available.  For long-term planning purposes, the Program is interested in learning of brownfield sites in your community that need assessment and/or remediation of hazardous substances and/or petroleum contamination.


Read the  Brownfields Bulletin Summer 2020 Issue


The IDEM Remediation Closure Guide Nonrule Policy Document and Remediation Program Guide (RPG) https://www.in.gov/idem/cleanups/2329.htm
are effective and are published in the Indiana Register.


The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) updated the 2020 screening levels tables (Tables A-6 and A-7) and are available on the IDEM web page.

Opportunity Zones:

The COVID-19 pandemic has led the Governor of Indiana, among others nationwide, to request that their states be declared federal disaster areas. These declarations will extend two important deadlines in the rules relating to investments in qualified opportunity zones.


U.S. EPA Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance grant to Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA).

The CDFA Brownfields Technical Assistance program provides support to brownfields communities.
For more information, see http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/pdfs/FY14-K6-Fact-Sheet_CDFA_FINAL.pdf


U.S. EPA-funded Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program

for Free assistance with project planning, grant applications, RFPs, contractor selection, etc.

State Revolving Fund Loan Program Funding: Brownfield Remediation Nonpoint Source Projects Fact Sheet

Eligible projects include the cleanup of brownfield sites contaminated with hazardous substances that impact surface or ground water quality. Integrating a brownfield project with a wastewater infrastructure project lowers the interest rate for a loan by up to 0.5 percent, making available additional funds that can be applied to qualified nonpoint source activities.

Tax Incentives that involve the Indiana Brownfields Program.

Tax Incentives that could involve but are outside the Indiana Brownfields Program (e.g., Opportunity Zones)


U.S. EPA Brownfield Guidance Documents available here on our Resources page.  Also, the U.S. EPA guidance web portal that provides links to all of U.S. EPA's active guidance documents is now accessible at https://www.epa.gov/guidance.   Note that the guidance documents are organized by U.S. EPA Headquarters and Regional offices, e.g., Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) at Headquarters.  Most recent documents are listed first.  On the Office page, you’ll also see a text box that includes a link to submit a petition for modification or withdrawal of guidance documents.


Meeting with us?

  • Downtown Indianapolis Parking & Security Changes


Due to increases in the number of state employees who work at the Indiana Government Center, especially during the legislative session, public parking in the Senate Avenue and Washington Street Government Center garages has been discontinued.

Anyone visiting the Government Center for meetings or conferences will need to seek other parking options.  Information about other downtown parking options can be found at: https://www.downtownindy.org/get-around-downtown/park


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