Environmental Protection

Brownfields


Civic Works to Receive $300,000 EPA Brownfields Training Grant

Civic Works in Baltimore will receive a $300,000 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant to help train low-income residents for environmental jobs.

EPA Removes Unregulated Chemicals from Demolished Wabbaseka School

The chemicals removed included flammables, oxidizers, corrosive acids, corrosive bases, toxics, and non-regulated materials.

IKEA Powers Up Solar Array at Brooklyn, N.Y., Store

<p>Con Edison and New York City commissioned and certified the solar energy system on the Brooklyn, N.Y., IKEA store. As one of the largest commercial rooftop installations in the city’s five boroughs, the 200 kW array occupies 19,000-square feet, with four module types, totaling 1,104 panels. The array will generage 240,000 kWh of renewable electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of eliminating the emissions of 32 cars, or providing electricity for 20 homes yearly. This effort reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices in addition to reducing its carbon footprint.</p><p> “We are very excited about enhancing the sustainable contribution IKEA Brooklyn continues to make in the local community by generating electricity through solar panels atop our store,” said Mike Baker, the store’s manager. “This initiative helps improve the environment and contributes to our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many.”</p><p> Other IKEA U.S. sustainable building initiatives include a solar energy systems operational in two stores and under construction in nine others. Additionally, both a solar energy and geothermal system were incorporated into the Denver-area store opening this year in Centennial, Col. IKEA Brooklyn additionally has 70,000 square feet of green roof, a 6.5-acre waterfront esplanade, multiple transit options and has been certified as a brownfield redevelopment. The store also has been certified LEED Silver.</p><p> The 346,000-square-foot Brooklyn store opened June 18, 2008, on 22 acres along the Erie Basin waterfront in Red Hook, south of the BQE/Gowanus Expressway and southeast of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. </p><p>

Dual axis blender with GPS location system goes to work at a Washington remediation site.

Case Study: Puget Sound Park Uses Tech Combo for Cleanup

With combined chemical and biological treatment, formerly contaminated land is added to Bremerton’s Evergreen Park in Washington.

Report Points to Brownfield Redevelopment as Source of City Revenues

A new report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors highlights the potential contribution that redeveloping brownfields can make to city revenues.

EPA Extends Brownfields Conference Paper Deadline

Presenters now have until July 30 to turn in proposals for education sessions at next year's brownfields conference, set for April in Philadelphia.

Brownfields Conference Seeks Session Proposals for 2011

Submission deadline is July 26 and the conference will be held April 3-5 in Philadelphia.

Texas City Turns Brownfields Challenge into Opportunity

A targeted community and stakeholder outreach program has enabled Arlington to earn additional grant funding for its redevelopment program.



Redwood City to Perform Full Environmental Review of Saltworks

The City Council and voters appear to support a restoration project that would dedicate half of 1,436 acres for recreation and the other half for a walkable, transit-oriented community.

EPA Releases 16 Electric Utilities' Plans for Coal Ash Safety

According to the agency, many facilities have already begun implementing recommendations to improve safety of their impoundments.

Agency Calls for Brownfields Conference Presentations

Interested parties have until July 2 to submit proposals for educational sessions at the 14th National Brownfields Conference next April in Philadelphia.

Agencies Select Soil Removal Containment for Libby Asbestos Site

EPA and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality sign records of decision to clean up Operable Units 1 and 2.

Agency Awards 304 Grants for Brownfield Revitalization

Forty states will share $78.9 million to assess, get low-interest funding for, and clean up contaminated properties.

Treece, Kan., Residents Will Get Relocation Help

The agency has partnered with the state of Kansas to help the owners of 77 residential and business properties move away from the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma.

Wall Herald Corp. to Pay $20 M for N.J. Superfund Site Cleanup

Site owner has agreed to pay for past and future cleanup of soil and groundwater contaminated with trichloroethylene and other hazardous chemicals.

WCD Capital Partners, ChemPro Systems Form Waste Alliance

The companies are collaborating on a fixed facility in New Jersey that will vitrify hexavalent chromium and other hazardous wastes.

Agency Provides $2 M for Brownfields Job Training

Twelve entities in 10 states are receiving up to $200,000 each to train people in the cleanup of brownfields while also providing training in green building design, energy efficiency, weatherization, solar installation, green construction, and native plant revegetation.

Brownfields Workshops Set for 2011 Grant Competition

Region 7 invites government, nonprofit, coalition and land clearance representatives to learn how to submit a proposal for brownfields grants.

Agency Wants Feedback on Integrated Cleanup Initiative

New roadmap guides EPA in providing more accountability, transparency, and progress in contaminated site cleanup.

Fort Worth Gets $400,000 Boost for Brownfields Program

Half of the funds will be used to conduct petroleum assessment activities and the other half will be spent on hazardous substances assessments. 

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