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There are currently no RFQs pending for the Indiana Brownfields Program.
Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) Grants
On November 22, 2013, U.S. EPA announced and posted its guidelines for the Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) Grants for Federal Fiscal Year 2014. The deadline for grant proposals is January 22, 2014. For more information and copies of the respective grant guidelines, go to http://www.epa.gov/oswer/grants-funding.htm#epa-oswer-oblr-13-05, with additional information posted at http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicat.htm.
Settlement to Pay for Environmental Cleanup of Old GM Sites
On October 20, 2010, a $773 million environmental response trust was announced 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 will oversee and monitor environmental cleanup of the sites by the court-appointed trustee and redevelopment managers that will be responsible for contracting and cleanup implementation. For more information, visit the following web sites:
Petroleum Site Eligibility for U.S. EPA Brownfield Grants
Applicants for [site-specific grants] and awardees of [community-wide grants once specific sites are selected] U.S. EPA Brownfield Grant funding for petroleum sites are required by U.S. EPA to obtain a petroleum eligibility determination letter from the state for each site where federal grant funds will be spent. In the case of site-specific grants, per request, the petroleum determinations are issued as part of the required acknowledgement letters by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) when the original proposals are submitted to U.S. EPA. For community-wide grants, awardees/recipients should request petroleum eligibility determination letters when specific sites are selected after being awarded a grant by U.S. EPA.
When requesting a petroleum eligibility determination after the grant is awarded, please provide written responses to the items on the form below (provided in both Word and PDF). Requests, with completed forms, should be sent to Michele Oertel, the Indiana Brownfields Program Federal Funding and Community Relations Coordinator by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Brownfields Tax Provisions Extended
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 recently enacted by Congress includes a provision for the Expensing of Environmental Remediation Costs. The amendment made by Section 745 shall apply to expenditures paid or incurred after December 31, 2009 and extends expensing through December 31, 2011. Environmental cleanup costs are fully deductible in the year incurred, rather than capitalized and spread over time. Improvements in 2006 expanded the tax incentive to include petroleum cleanup. The extension of the Brownfields Tax Incentive encourages the cleanup and reuse of brownfields. Additional information on the federal tax incentive can be found at the following U.S. EPA Web site:
Presentation information from previous workshops can be found below:
U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Workshop - Sept. 13, 2007
Brownfields Renewal Workshop - Sept. 6, 2007
5/16/08: IFA Sustainability Workshop June 5: Registration deadlines near, key leaders in sustainability to speak
Click here to view brownfield-related news articles that have appeared in publications across Indiana.
A former Studebaker facility has been redeveloped into a new transfer/recycling station in South Bend, referred to as Green Tech Recycling (Green Tech). This is a great example of how thinking green for the environment can bring cost savings, new jobs, and community enrichment.
After a long industrial past, the former Studebaker Plant 8 facility sat vacant for 12 years. Mother Earth LLC (Mother Earth) then acquired the property in 2005 and invested $4 million for its demolition, remediation, and redevelopment. The Indiana Brownfields Program provided $45,123 in assessment and remediation grants to Saint Joseph County for the project, and the City of South Bend provided $67,000 in funding from a brownfield assessment grant that it received from the U.S. EPA.