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The Indiana Brownfields Program performs environmental technical oversight and review for all projects receiving financial or legal assistance, as well as projects receiving U.S. EPA brownfield grants.
The Indiana Brownfields Program utilizes the Indiana Department of Environmental Management IDEM Remediation Closure Guide (RCG) formerly the Risk Integrated System of Closure (RISC) guidance, which is designed to provide consistent application of risk-based closure policies by IDEM and provides flexibility to achieve a balance between environmental protection and economic development. Applying RCG allows the opportunity for an Indiana Brownfields Program site to achieve closure or make a seamless transition to or from IDEM remediation programs.
Indiana Brownfields Program project managers work with the Program's General Counsel to provide letters addressing liability issues and IDEM's position on the necessity of a response action at a property. For more information, visit our legal assistance page. Staff also works with legal counsel to draft environmental restrictive covenants as part of the Indiana Brownfields Program's technical and legal assistance.
For more information about the Program's environmental technical assistance, please contact Kevin Davis, Technical Review Coordinator, at (317) 233-2415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.