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  • 31 Jan 2022 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Mary Byrne, Greenfield Record (MA)

    The Board of Health indicated at its meeting Wednesday that it is satisfied with the environmental cleanup status of the former Lunt Silversmiths property on Federal Street.

    “We have to get it to be as good as we can but it’s never going to be perfect, which is unfortunate, but it’s the truth. We do the best we can,” said Board of Health Chair Nancee Bershof. “I’m satisfied the best has been done that can be done, and it sounds like my board members are as well.”

    She noted that the measurements collected between 2012 and 2018 to monitor the efficacy of mitigation systems put in place — including a passive ventilation system — were above what is allowed of residential range, but “almost fell within the residential range.” The property is designated as a commercial/industrial property, which has higher acceptable thresholds for TCE measurements.

    For the entire article, see

    Posted January 31, 2022

  • 27 Jan 2022 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following infographic summarizes the findings of the 2021 study conducted by the NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate with support from the New York City Brownfield Partnership.

  • 20 Jan 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Joshua Burd, Real Estate NJ

    For an organization that seemingly thrives on complexity — from vast construction projects to its intricate capital stacks to managing public- and private-sector stakeholders — the success of New Brunswick Development Corp. has hinged on one rather simple objective.

    Chris Paladino can’t help but crack a smile at something that sounds so obvious or intuitive.


    Posted January 20, 2022

  • 14 Jan 2022 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Brownfields Impact Fund are now available. This program will provide low-interest loans ranging from $50K to $350K for brownfield cleanup projects.   Additionally, grants are available to eligible entities (non-profits and government entities) for $25K to $350K for brownfield cleanup projects.   

    Learn more and prepare to apply at

    Loans made through the program will have up to a twenty-year term based on the remediation and project redevelopment timeframe.   Principal and interest will be deferred through the end of Year 4 (with interest to accrue and capitalize during this period).  Interest rates on loans made through the program will be between one and two percent, with reductions available for projects that achieve NJEDA state goals based on the project location. 

    More information and complete eligibility criteria are available at

    Applications for the Brownfields Impact Fund program will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Loans and grants will be awarded on a first come, first served, based on the readiness of the application and the availability of funds.  For the initial 90 days after program launch, only applications for projects located in the target Community Collaborative Initiative (CCI) cities (Bayonne, Bridgeton, Camden, Jersey City, Millville, Newark, Trenton, Paterson, Paulsboro, Perth Amboy, Salem City, and Vineland) will be considered. This will prioritize investment in these communities which have high instances of brownfields, poverty, health disparities and need for revitalization. After 90 days, the program will be open throughout the state. 

    If you have questions about the Brownfields Impact Fund or the application process, please reach out to the NJEDA Brownfields Team at

    January 14, 2022

  • 14 Jan 2022 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Rob Smith, EcoRI News (RI)

    The future of a city is built directly on its past. In another lifetime, Pawtucket was Rhode Island’s beehive of industrial activity, and as a result, has some of the highest concentrations of highly polluted brownfield sites in the state.

    The Blackstone and Seekonk rivers, once known as some of the most impaired rivers nationwide, have made impressive recoveries over the past few decades, and the city has aggressively remediated and redeveloped its polluted landscape.

    “If a brownfield site has been identified and the right steps have been taken to cap and close it … then they’re relatively safe, especially for things like canoe or kayak access,” Kate McPherson, riverkeeper at Save The Bay, said.

    For the entire article, see

    Posted January 14, 2022

  • 10 Jan 2022 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Steve Dwyer 

    The first order of business is to take a long perusal of the BCONE website, where you’ll find some new and dynamic features that populate the site across widgets such as Events, NSCW, News/Resources, Scholarships, Memberships and Members Only functions.

    Next, you might subtlely notice more local and state officials establishing a greater interest in BCONE. This is not by accident: The outreach is picking up thanks to efforts by the BCONE Marketing and Communications Committee to build a bridge to local officials, where more and more ultimately view BCONE as a trusted resource—even partner—in the effort to improve local urban redevelopment fortunes. 

    These BCONE Marketing efforts are being carried out by the organization’s skillful Marketing and Communications Committee, which is oversee by…a New Jersey hydrogeologist. Wait, what? 

    Yes indeed, Jeffrey S. Campbell, PG, LSRP and partner with Peak Environmental LLC, East Brunswick, N.J., might have a BS in geology from Long Island University and graduate studies degree in hydrogeology from University of Rhode Island -- and has established a solid career in this vital area. But, marketing is one of his side passions. 

    Campbell has an affinity for strategizing around marketing and social media, and BCONE is a beneficiary of those skills. The chairman of the Marketing and Communications Committee, Campbell has served on it since 2019. He was the most recent installation to the BCONE board of directors, sworn in at the October meeting.  

    We caught up with Jeff, a resident of Point Pleasant, N.J., recently to discuss his affiliation with BCONE, plans for 2022, as the Marketing and Communications Committee chairman, and much more.  

    Q: When did your affiliation with BCONE start? 

    A: I had been a member for awhile, where there was always general interaction. In my day job at Peak Environmental we rode [BCONE’s] coat tails when it came to being out in front of industry regs, incentives—those kinds of things. About three years ago someone at BCONE asked me to get on a committee, and I became a co-chair on Marketing and Communications and eventually to chairman. Prior to that, in 2018-19, I was given committee options that were available, and Marketing made a lot of sense. In the summer of 2021, I received an email alerting me to board nominations that were coming. I thought it was essential to become even more active as a board member [than a committee member] -- I thought that the feedback I received [to be elected a board member] was very positive. And, this is the first time I have been part of any formal board. 

    Q: Can you talk about the success stories that have occurred as a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee, and also about the process needed to achieve results?  

    A: If I or someone else thinks that an idea is solid, we have gotten a lot of support to carry it through. At that point, you can prioritize where you want to focus your efforts…to get the most bang for the buck. We are very fortunate, on all committees really, to have people willing to work. About the Marketing and Communications committee success stories, we wanted to make the website the ‘center of the universe’ where more new visitors would hit the ‘join’ button. On the membership side, we simplified the process by establishing and making more clearly the membership ‘types,’ via an easy matrix. We listed state-by-state technology requirements, all part of a ‘one-stop’ library across state levels. We provide exposure to board members’ [and their businesses] as part of a web slideshow—plus BCONE sponsors are eligible to receive a slideshow. 

    One current initiative is to better engage local municipal members—all done via better outreach to officials, where we’re able to inform them about BCONE resources, digital and traditional. We also were able to engage with these folks about their local brownfield portfolios and redevelopment goals and priorities. This outreach has produced a win-win for external partners and BCONE.  

    Q: What is on your to-do list as it relates to actionable items for 2022?

    A: Building a more robust content repository is always a goal—having enough to be able to promote the BCONE organization better. One thing we want to be better at is having BCONE members, as they go about their private-side businesses, to try and find a way to promote the organization on social media—Twitter, Facebook, etc. Online, we have the resources that folks would want to tap into, and establishing keywords on social media platforms is how to make that happen. This is one way that will allow it to grow. When members do social media for their companies, they could also disseminate posts that would benefit BCONE via creating unique [BCONE-driven] hashtags.

    Q: How is outreach going with people in some of the other smaller states, outside the Tri-State area and Massachusetts? 

    A: In some of these states, such as Delaware and Maryland, we want to let these people know we’re here and to swap event notifications. At the recent NCSW that included Maryland, we reached out to trade organizations in Baltimore City, Delaware and beyond, to make it known that we’re here-- reach out and see what kinds of hits we get. I think that NCSW reinforced how good our administrative BCONE team is for coordinating everything, and it showed that with the speakers…there is a willingness on the part of professionals to raise their hands and say, ‘yes I can help grow this effort locally.’ 

    Posted January 10, 2022

  • 10 Jan 2022 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EPA’s Land Revitalization Program can help communities identify possibilities for reusing a contaminated, or potentially contaminated site. Site reuse planning typically creates exciting opportunities within the redevelopment process. Check out  to help your community get started on identifying site reuse opportunities.

    3 new documents are now available in the LR Toolkit :

    Posted January 10, 2022
  • 10 Jan 2022 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following the passage of the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be making significant investments in the health, equity, and resilience of American communities. With unprecedented funding to support our national infrastructure, EPA will improve people’s health and safety, help create good-paying jobs, and increase climate resilience throughout the country.  

    The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests more than 1.5 billion through EPA’s highly successful Brownfields Program. This means that blighted and polluted sites in communities across America will be assessed, cleaned up and made available for safe reuse, spurring job creation and economic opportunity in areas that need it most. See below for the BIL Brownfields Factsheet that outlines high-level program messages on the first page and the draft/subject to change spending plan with timeline on the second. 

    BIL Brownfields Factsheet:

    See full factsheet on BIL’s investments for EPA:

    Posted January 10, 2022

  • 20 Dec 2021 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During the first term of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, his administration announced ambitious plans both to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change and to change land use rules to mitigate the effects of rising sea levels and other effects of climate change. The State dubs this initiative “NJ PACT—New Jersey Protecting Against Climate Threats.” 

    On December 6th, in the waning days of Murphy’s first term and before the start of his second term, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) proposed its most significant set of NJ PACT regulations to date, which focus on limiting emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from stationary sources. The proposed rule has three parts. First, it places emissions limits on CO2 from electric generating units (EGUs), i.e., the combustion or steam-generating equipment that generates electricity at power plants. These limits will become more stringent over time. Second, it creates a regulatory presumption that certain large boilers fired by fossil fuels should be replaced by electric boilers when they reach the end of their useful lives. Finally, the rule bans the sale and use of No. 4 and No. 6 fuel oil in New Jersey. This rule, each portion of which is described in more detail below, will have a significant impact in the coming years. Various elements of this wide-ranging rule will impact diverse industries, including energy, manufacturing, commercial real estate, education, and healthcare, to name a few. Parties that may be affected by the restrictions should consider whether to comment on the proposed rule or even start to plan for potential operational impacts of new regulation.


    Posted December 20, 2021

  • 20 Dec 2021 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We thank our member AWT Environmental for this information.

    As many of you know, the NJDEP has expanded the reach of the A901 program to include the management of recyclable soil and fill materials that were previously handled outside of the hauler licensing requirement. The law was signed by the Governor on January 20, 2020, with a recent Compliance Advisory Update on September 10, 2021. The law requires companies and persons engaging in the act of hauling or brokering “dirty dirt” to obtain an A901 license in order to continue engaging in these activities. The LSRPA and other organizations are actively working with the Department to receive clarifications on the applicability of this requirement as well as exemptions for certain persons and activities. The program continues to develop as we speak.

    While it is beyond AWT’s scope to interpret the law and its applicability to any certain person or organization, here are a few resources for your review to help guide you with determining how it might affect your business:

    Posted December 20, 2021

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