Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Converse offers full service capability and experience working with communities and local governments to win grants and then assess, cleanup and prepare Brownfields sites for redevelopment. We have worked closely with grantees, affected Brownfields communities, key stakeholders, including business and property owners, to successfully assess, cleanup,and reuse perceived or actually contaminated Brownfields sites. Through our past work experiences under Brownfields, we are aware of the issues and sensitivities that may be present when federally or state-funded Brownfields activities are conducted in a local community.

Key components:

  • Funding - Under Section 128 (a) of the Brownfields law, EPA is required to set-aside $50 million to support State Brownfields programs. Generally, it works out to be about $1 million/State.
  • Grant Applications - Grant applications are required when a qualified agency or “owner” wants to apply for federal grant money. There are numerous types of competitive EPA Brownfields grants and non-competitive technical services provided by EPA. At the national level, EPA awards annually, competitive Brownfields Site Assessment, Cleanup, Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund and Job Training Grants.
  • Inventory/Site Selection Ranking - Converse develops weighted site selection ranking criteria with key risk indicators to make sure that high priority contaminated sites are quickly addressed and readied for cleanup and redevelopment. Factors that are typically considered in this priority setting process include: known or suspected environmental conditions, under-utilization based on property tax rolls, redevelopment potential, public benefit, property owner goals and interests, proximity to sensitive receptors and the potential for both private and public benefit of redevelopment.
  • Project Scoping – Meet with key project stakeholders including EPA, the lead State Brownfields agency, local agency(ies) and property owners for private sites, to develop project scope, timelines and deliverables. This greatly facilitates communication and overall project coordination as the environmental work unfolds.
  • QAPP, SAP and H&S Plan Development - Converse has successful templates approved by EPA Quality Assurance Management Office (QAMO) for Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) for the overall Brownfields project and individual Sampling and Analysis Plans (SAPs) and Health and Safety Plans (H&SPs).
  • Program Management - Tasks include providing monthly, quarterly and annual reports. Our reporting also includes completing Property Profile Forms (PPF) and submitting them electronically into EPA’s Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES) database as needed or requested. Annually, Converse assists in preparing and submitting MBE/WBE Utilization reports and a Financial Status Report to EPA.

Project Experience:
EPA Community-Wide Site Assessments
A San Bernardino County City Assessment and Remediation
A Major Redevelopment Area