The concept of the Brownfields Program is to take contaminated or potentially contaminated, underdeveloped, unproductive property and convert it into productive real estate. Brownfield sites are defined as abandoned, idled or underused industrial or commercial properties whose redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.
To date, the Department continues to receive Targeted Brownfields Assessment grants from the EPA. The grant can be used by the Department for environmental assessment activities at Brownfield sites. These assessment activities include environmental activities preliminary to cleanup such as site assessment, site characterization and site response, or cleanup planning and design for areas that have an actual or threatened release of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Brownfield assessment funds may only be used at sites where there is release, or substantial threat of release, of a hazardous substance, or there is a release, or substantial threat of release, of a pollutant or contaminant which may present an imminent and substantial danger to public health or welfare. In addition, funds may be used at sites where there is a reason to believe that a release has occurred or is about to occur. Examples of potential Brownfield sites in North Dakota include:
- An abandoned retail commercial building which has or is suspected to have asbestos in the ceiling tiles, wall insulation, or on the heating boiler in the basement or pipes coming off the boiler, and
- An abandoned gas station with soil contamination.
The Division of Waste Management Brownfields Program is application based, and cities, counties or local development groups may apply for assistance. Two documents have been developed to assist in the application process.
The first is a Brownfields Introduction letter. The letter provides prospective applicants background information on Brownfields and how the Division's Brownfields Program will work.
The guideline identifies the minimum requirements for submitting an application for a single potential Brownfields site. There are no limits on the number of sites that may be submitted for consideration, however, there is a limit on funds available to the Program. Applicants submitting more than one site are asked to prioritize the applications based on local importance for redevelopment.
Sites will be prioritized should the number and potential assessment costs for all sites submitted exceed available funds. The Division envisions that factors such as level of contamination and community commitment toward cleanup and redevelopment will be considered during prioritization.
For more information, contact by e-mail, Derek Hall.
For more information on Brownfields, visit EPA's Brownfields And Land Revitalization.
Updated: 5 Feb. 2014