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Submit Your Brownfield Project Return on Investment (ROI) Survey

The Indiana Brownfields Program is once again collecting important information related to the financial, legal, and technical assistance it provides to our stakeholders. Please complete our survey in one of two ways: 1) Take an on-line survey, or 2) download a spreadsheet version of the survey, complete it, and email it in to the Program. Your feedback is instrumental as we evaluate our services so that we can continue to provide the most beneficial assistance to Indiana communities and acknowledge your successes.

Submit completed spreadsheet surveys to Jacob Thielbar of the Indiana Brownfields Program via e-mail at jthielbar@ifa.in.gov  Call 317-234-9764 with any questions. Thank you for participating.

 

Click this link for the  Online ROI Survey

Downloadable ROI Survey

 

Brownfields Environmental Consulting RFQ:

The updated list of firms currently qualified by the Program is linked below.

Consultants currently qualified by the Indiana Brownfields Program

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U.S. EPA Brownfield Assessment and Cleanup Grant Awards Announced

On June 7, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) announced approximately $15.7 million in supplemental funding to communities to assist them in cleaning up contaminated brownfield properties. U.S. EPA plans to provide supplemental funding to 33 successful, existing Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grantees, helping communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects. 

“These supplemental funds provide communities with the resources they need to continue to clean up contaminated lands, which will improve public health and generate economic growth,” said U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These funds will ensure more cleanups are completed and more land can be returned to beneficial reuse.”

The Indiana Finance Authority is among the selected communities/states selected for FY18 supplemental funding.  It will receive an award of $500,000 for petroleum contamination.

The Brownfields RLF program supports U.S. EPA’s commitment to assist communities in addressing environmentally challenged properties and meet their local revitalization priorities. The supplemental funds announced today will help communities reuse vacant and abandoned properties and turn them into community assets such as housing, recreation and open space, health facilities, social services, transportation options, infrastructure and commerce opportunities.

RLFs specifically supply funding for loans and sub-grants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. The supplemental funding to each grantee ranges from about $200,000 to $500,000. These funds are provided to communities who have shown achieved success in their work to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites.

A recent national study shows that cleaning up brownfields leads to residential property value increases of 5 - 15.2% within a 1.24-mile radius of the site. (Haninger et al. 2017). Another study analyzing data near 48 brownfields found that an estimated $29 to $97 million in additional tax revenue is generated for local governments in a single year after cleanup. This is two to seven times more than the $12.4 million U.S. EPA contributed to the cleanup of those brownfields.

More information on U.S. EPA’s Brownfields program is available at: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields or https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/announcing-fy18-supplemental-funding-brownfields-revolving-loan-fund-grants

On April 25, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) announced that 144 communities will receive 221 grants totaling $54.3 million in U.S. EPA Brownfields funding through its Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) Grants to assess, clean up and redevelop underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment. These funds will expand the ability of communities to recycle vacant and abandoned properties for new, productive reuses.

In addition, communities can use Brownfields funding to leverage considerable infrastructure and other financial resources. For example, U.S. EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund can be used, under certain conditions, to address the water quality aspects of brownfield sites and the assessment and construction of drinking water infrastructure on brownfields, respectively. U.S. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program may also serve as a potential source of long-term, low-cost supplemental financing to fund brownfields project development and implementation activities to address water quality aspects of brownfields.

 

Settlement to Pay for Environmental Cleanup of Old GM Sites

Since October 20, 2010, a $773 million environmental response trust was created to address environmental liabilities associated with Motors Liquidation Corporation, (old General Motors). Eight(8) old GM facilities in Indiana are included in the trust settlement. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is the lead regulatory agency for five of the eight sites and continues to oversee and monitor environmental cleanup of the sites by the court-appointed trustee and redevelopment managers that are responsible for contracting and cleanup implementation. For more information, visit the following web sites:

White House Fact Sheet on Environmental Liabilities with GM

U.S. EPA's GM Bankruptcy Settlement Website

Indiana Attorney General's Office Press Release

 

Change to Disbursement Request Form

In an effort to streamline the administrative process for the Program's financial assistance, the Program has changed the way it is requiring grant/loan recipients to document compliance with Indiana's public bidding laws. The Program is no longer requiring grant/loan recipients to submit documentation demonstrating that a competitive process was used to select consultants and/or contractors prior to the Program issuing any disbursements from the grant/loan award. Instead, the Program has changed the signature block on the Brownfields Disbursement Request Form (Form) to include an affirmation statement that the grant/loan recipient followed the appropriate state public bidding laws for the work sought for reimbursement under the grant/loan award. It is possible that the person who executes the Form is not the same person who coordinated the competitive bidding process on behalf of the grant/loan recipient; if that is the case in your community, please be sure to communicate with the appropriate local official/contact prior to signing the Form since by signing the Form, the signatory will be certifying that the appropriate competitive bidding process was undertaken with respect to the grant/loan activities for which reimbursement is sought. Please note: this Form replaces the disbursement request form you may have previously used and must be used for all future disbursements, regardless of whether documentation pertaining to competitive bidding has been previously submitted to the Program. To download the Form, click here.

 

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