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N.C. DEQ Brownfields Program Commencing Stakeholder Discussion Sessions

The Brownfields Program staff will be available for discussions on various brownfields topics in a new series of quarterly meetings with interested stakeholders. The first meeting will be held March 5, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon in the Ground Floor Training Room at the Green Square building, located at 217 W. Jones Street in Raleigh.

During each meeting, Program staff will introduce one or two current brownfields topics for discussion, and will reserve considerable time for a question and answer session to hear from stakeholders.

At this first meeting, the program will bring its perspectives on two topics:

  1. Contaminated Soil Management - the latest information on the decision-making process used by the Program under the current beneficial fill rules and the benefits that will come after new beneficial fill rules are proposed by the Solid Waste Section.
  2. Townhome Redevelopments - the latest information on the approval for, monitoring of, and land-use restrictions about townhomes redevelopments; why the program must gatekeep projects for townhome suitability; and the Program’s effort to develop guidance on standard requirements/procedures for townhome projects.

Afterwards, Program staff will be available to answer questions on these or other topics of stakeholder interest. If you plan on attending this first session, please RSVP with the subject line “Stakeholder RSVP” to: Shirley.Liggins@ncdenr.gov.

Check out the TWO posters presented at the 2019 National Brownfields Conference!
2019 EPA Grant Guidelines (December 7, 2018)

For those that may be intending to apply for an EPA assessment/cleanup/multipurpose grant for the 2019 grant cycle, the EPA has published their grant guidelines, which can be found at https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/solicitations-brownfield-grants. The deadline for grant applications to the EPA is January 31, 2019.

This is just a reminder that the EPA application requires a letter of support from the state Brownfields Agency be submitted with your application. Please let us know if you are planning to apply and we will be happy to draft a letter of support for your community. Items to Include in your request to us:

  • Type of grant being applied for
  • Addressee of county official (typically we will address whomever is submitting the grant to EPA)
  • Key projects you intend to highlight in your grant application and if any of those projects are active in the DEQ Brownfields Program

Update to Brownfields Environmental Management Plan Complete (June 21, 2018)

The Brownfields Environmental Management Plan (EMP) has been updated. The document is more user-friendly, and provides additional guidance on soil management and post-development reporting requirements. Most sections allow for additional comments to help explain the proposals, and have greater functionality. Notably, the EMP no longer requires that a separate Contingency Plan be attached. Most items traditionally covered in the Contingency Plan will be addressed directly within the EMP itself. Find the new EMP form under Statutes and Guidance. Feedback is always welcome!


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