To anyone planning soon to proceed with a brownfield environmental site assessment or an underground storage tank (UST) environmental site investigation in Hamilton County, Ohio this Legal Alert will be of interest.
The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (Port Authority) recently received a $1,000,000 grant from U.S. EPA. The purpose of this grant is to encourage redevelopment of environmentally contaminated properties. Of this $1 million, $800,000 is earmarked for hazardous substance projects, and $200,000 is for petroleum projects. Projects eligible for funding will be prioritized based on a plan for economic redevelopment and the removal of any known or discovered contamination. The Port Authority is currently taking applications for funding under this grant. The first application deadline is April 8, 2011, then June 1, 2011, and then every 60 days thereafter through July 2013, or until the grant is exhausted. Under this framework, earlier applicants are more likely to be funded than later applicants.
Eligible projects will be screened for funding based on the project’s economic redevelopment impact. Eligible activities under the grant are Phase I and II environmental site assessments under Ohio’s voluntary action program, Tier I and II environmental site investigations under the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), and preparation of a remedial action plan. Ineligible activities are demolition, remediation, and reimbursement of previous environmental assessments or cleanups.
Selection criteria will be based on: (i) inclusion of the project/site in the community’s master plan; (ii) a completed redevelopment plan for the site; (iii) project’s location and proximity to existing infrastructure; and (iv) project’s overall impact on the environment, if known. Municipal corporations, non-profit organizations, developers, private businesses, and property owners are eligible for the grants. Parties that caused or contributed to site contamination are ineligible for the grant, as are sites that are on the National Priority List, subject to court or enforcement orders to undertake environmental investigations or cleanups, or tax delinquencies.
Ideal candidates for funding for environmental assessments are sites with former gas stations or those with historical industrial or commercial operations with potential environmental concerns. Please click here to view the Port Authority’s grant program and the application.
- Senior Partner
Brian Babb assists public and private companies to navigate, manage, and minimize environmental liabilities and risks under federal and state laws and regulations in acquisitions, divestitures and ongoing business operations ...
Jill Weller has more than 30 years of experience counseling clients on a wide variety of issues under federal and state environmental law. She is a trusted advisor who regularly provides practical solutions to environmental issues ...
- Environmental Law
- Tax Credit
- Economic Development
- U.S. EPA
- Real Estate Law
- Opportunity Zone
- JOBS Act
- Environmental Site Assessment
- Clean Water Act
- Tax Abatement
- Ohio Foreclosure Reform
- Toxic Substances Control Act
- Receivership Statute
- Employment Law
- CDFI Fund
- Community Development Entities
- Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
- New Markets Tax Credit
- NMTC Financing
- Pre-Start Construction
- Title Insurance
- Hazardous Waste
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
- USEPA Guidance
- Construction Litigation
- Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act
- LEED Certification
- Underground Storage Tank
- Storm Water
- Columbus, Ohio ICSC 2019 Recap – Land Assemblage Best Practices
- Proposed Creation of the Economic Development Bond Bank
- Proposed Ohio Opportunity Zone Tax Credit
- Ohio Opportunity Zone Designations Within the City of Cincinnati
- Spring Legislative Update/Economic Development
- SB 235 - New Pre-Development Tax Abatement
- HB 463 - Changes to Remodeling CRA
- Ohio Foreclosure Reform Brings Standardization and Modernization to County Foreclosure Processes and Paves the Way for the Expedited Foreclosure of Vacant and Abandoned Residential Properties
- Legal Alert: TSCA Reform Bill Becomes Law
- Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Wetland Determinations are Appealable