This EBC Ascending Professionals New Hampshire program will bring young professionals together with students to find out more about brownfields and remediation projects.
The Prime Tanning Brownfields case study is a strategic look at how the town of Berwick, Maine embraced the reclamation and revitalization of the abandoned industrial manufacturing campus in the center of town. The panel will review how the town proactively became engaged in redeveloping the site, the role the environmental engineers played in project oversight and acquisition of funding, to the role of the environmental contractors who abated hazardous materials and demolished the unstable structures.
Join EBC on the University of New Hampshire campus for this entry-level workshop to find out more about brownfields projects in New Hampshire and beyond.
What is a “brownfield”?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a brownfield as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant”. The actual presence of contaminants on this “real property” must be determined by a carefully planned investigation known as an environmental site assessment (ESA). The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980 made the purchaser of any real property liable for any contaminants on this property. CERCLA’s retroactive liability has made the performance of an ESA a practical necessity for any potential buyer of property, who naturally does not want to assume liability for the cleanup of any contaminants found there.
Brownfields are often abandoned, closed or under-used industrial or commercial facilities, such as an abandoned factory in a town’s former industrial section or a closed commercial building or warehouse in a suburban setting. Brownfields, however, can be located anywhere and can be quite small. For instance, many dry cleaning establishments and gas stations produced high levels of subsurface contaminants during their operation. A second growth forest or a vacant lot may contain contaminated fill or be the site of the illegal dumping of pollutants. According to the EPA there are presently over half a million brownfields in the United States, but this number only includes sites for which an ESA has been conducted. The actual number of brownfields is certainly many times greater.
Revitalization of unproductive brownfields has become an important issue for federal, state, and local governments as well as for real estate developers, law firms, and banking and insurance interests. Many contaminated brownfield sites sat idle and unused for decades because the cost of cleaning these sites was very high and uncertain. The cost of the clean-up was often greater than the land would be worth after remediation. These brownfields were often in prime locations, close to transportation and a local workforce. Abandoned building or fenced-off vacant lots depressed real estate values and incentives for economic growth. Remediation and redevelopment of these brownfields is often the key to creating jobs, expanding the tax base, and revitalizing the economy of local communities. Because of this federal and state programs have evolved to assist developers interested in cleaning up brownfield sites and redeveloping them for productive use. These programs provide technical assistance, regulatory guidance, liability protection, tax incentives, loans, as well as funding for ESAs, job training and cleanup.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
- Griffin Parodi, Program Co-Chair; Engineering Student, University of New Hampshire
- Harrison Roakes, Program Co-Chair; Senior Project Engineer, Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.
- Danielle Sylvia, Program Co-Chair, Environmental Engineer, Golder Associates, Inc.
Prime Tanning Brownfields Project – A Case Study
- Scott Knightly, Founder and CEO, EnviroVantage
- David Massaro, Sr. Project Manager, EnviroVantage
- Rip Patten, Vice President, Credere
- Rick Vandenberg, Sr. Project Manager, Credere
Capital Regional Development Council Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund
- Stephen Heavener, Executive Director, Capital Regional Development Council
Registration, Networking: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Program: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Professional Registration: $10
Student registrations are free. Students do not need to register.
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28 for a refund. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this program will close at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30.