State Environmental Regulations - Brownfields

It is necessary to also be aware of the state regulations that may affect any past or present operations at the site being redeveloped. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed partnerships with states with voluntary cleanup programs through a Memoranda of Agreement (MOA). The MOA defines the roles and responsibilities between a state and the EPA with respect to sites being cleaned up under the state's voluntary cleanup program. Many states have enacted brownfield legislation that limits liability for those who did not cause the contamination or would like to purchase and develop a brownfield site and have incorporated the risk based standards so that properties can be remediated with a plan for the future use of that property.

To date, almost all states have enacted brownfield legislation. The following links will assist communities in assessing or remediating brownfield sites for some of the States:

Arizona
http://www.adeq.state.az.us/environ/waste/capdev/voluntary/brownfields.html
California
http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Brownfields/default.htm
Colorado
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hm/rpbrownfields.asp
Connecticut
http://www.dep.state.ct.us/wst/remediation/brownfields/brownfields.htm
Delaware
http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnrec2000/Divisions/AWM/sirb/rulesreg.asp
Florida
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/brownfields/default.htm
Illinois
http://www.epa.state.il.us/land/brownfields/index.html
Indiana
http://www.in.gov/idem/guides/publicparticipation/cleanups/lust/brownfields.html
Louisiana
http://www.deq.state.la.us/remediation/ias/vcp.htm
Maine
http://www.state.me.us/dep/rwm/rem/brown.htm
Maryland
http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/landprograms/errp_brownfields/index.asp Massachusetts
http://www.state.ma.us/dep/bwsc/brownfld.htm
Michigan
http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3311_4110_4220---,00.html
Minnesota
http://www.pca.state.mn.us/cleanup/brownfields.html
New Hampshire
http://www.des.state.nh.us/hwrb/hwrbbfld.htm
New Jersey
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/srp/brownfields/
New York
http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/bfield/index.html
North Dakota
http://www.health.state.nd.us/ndhd/environ/wm/brownfields/index.htm
Ohio
http://www.epa.state.oh.us/derr/derrmain.html
Oregon
http://www.deq.state.or.us/wmc/cleanup/brn0.htm
Rhode Island
http://www.riedc.com/infrastructure/sites/brownfields/brownfields.htm
South Dakota
http://www.state.sd.us/denr/DES/Ground/Brownfields/Brownfields.htm
Texas

http://www.tnrcc.state.tx.us/permitting/remed/vcp/brownfields.html#overview
Virginia

http://www.deq.state.va.us/brownfieldweb/about.html
Wisconsin
http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/CD/CD-bfi-links.html

Local Regulations

Individual counties or township sometimes have their own local regulations. For instance, a county can be responsible for instituting a State program. In addition, local municipalities have their own regulations for fires and building codes. It is necessary to make sure that the influence of any local program is investigated prior to project initiation.

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