For years eligible entities needing help to clean up contaminated properties have sought financial assistance through the EPA’s Brownfields Program. This fall, thanks to a recent act of Congress, municipalities, regional planning groups, councils of government and other owners of public land have expanded opportunities to receive funding to clean up and redevelop their sites.
The Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2018 codifies the provisions of EPA’s annual grant competition for Brownfield cleanup funds and automatically reauthorizes funding through 2022. The legislation:
The EPA expects to release grant guidelines this fall, with applications due near the end of the year.
In a few weeks, landowners in the Northeast will have a unique opportunity to get a first-hand look at the BUILD Act and learn the keys to application success at TRC’s Northeast Solar Conference.
Held in Boston’s Seaport District Oct. 15-16, the conference includes an educational session on the BUILD Act, featuring EPA Region 1 Brownfields Coordinator Frank Gardner and TRC Senior Program Manager Kelley Race. The pair will discuss BUILD Act grant eligibility, application criteria, assessment activities required prior to application submittal and how to incorporate renewable energy/solar projects into cleanup plan proposals.
TRC’s annual conference, now in its second year, will also connect landowners with solar developers to pursue potential opportunities jointly. Site cleanups funded via the Brownfields grant process may save time and money for developers seeking suitable properties. Communities interested in cleaning up sites for solar projects can discuss strategies with developers, which would allow them to incorporate important project details into grant applications up front for a better chance of success.
The Northeast has been very successful in obtaining EPA Brownfields funding in the past, with region 1’s experienced staff helping applicants navigate the application guidelines to be responsive to specific EPA criteria. Don’t miss this early chance to hear about the BUILD Act and discover successful strategies for taking advantage of new EPA funding mechanisms.