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Over 40 Speakers Will Share Knowledge of Brownfields

The question is, will anyone involved in brownfields redevelopment not be speaking at the ASTM seminar in October? Over 40 presenters from a wide range of disciplines—academia, law, private, corporate, and government will journey to the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Fla., Oct. 24-25, for the seminar, “Productive Reuse of Brownfields and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) of Military Installations.” They will delve into brownfields redevelopment, decision making, base realignment and closure, and financial considerations. Part of the ASTM October Committee Week meetings, the event is being sponsored by Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment with assistance from Committee D34 on Waste Management.

Seventeen in-depth presentations (see sidebar) will cover a sampling of U.S. landscapes from coast to coast. On the second day, a crucial related concern, “Wetlands Restoration and Enhancement at Brownfields Sites,” will be featured.

“Brownfields” has become a buzzword because of their potential value as well as limitations. In the past decade, two types of contaminated and potentially contaminated properties have received increasing attention from property owners, developers, government agencies, elected officials, and communities. These properties—brownfields and U.S. Department of Defense installations closed or realigned under the federally mandated BRAC process—hold significant economic revitalization and redevelopment potential.

The brownfields redevelopment process encourages the economic vitality of an area. A voluntary effort, it involves the conducting of site assessments, corrective action, economic evaluation, and other actions to promote the long term productive reuse of a brownfield property.

BRAC facilities are inherently similar to brownfields and require a similar process to support economic redevelopment. BRAC activities in 1988, 1991, 1993, and 1995 have resulted in the closure of hundreds of former military facilities. Significant environmental lessons learned in previous BRAC deliberations can be applied to upcoming activities in the early 21st century.

ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment has developed standards that directly support sustainable brownfields development, such as:
-- E 1984, Standard Guide for Process of Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment;
-- E 2091, Guide for Activity and Use Limitations, Including Institutional and Engineering Controls;
-- E 1983, Guide for the Assessment of Wetland Functions; and
-- E 2081, Standard Guide for Risk-Based Corrective Action.

Several standards written for use at BRAC installations, as well as to support brownfields redevelopment, include:
-- D 5746, Standard Classification of Environmental Condition of Property Area Types for Defense Base Closure and Realignment Facilities; and
-- D 6008, Standard Practice for Conducting Environmental Baseline Surveys.

For further technical information, contact Committee E50 Vice Chairman William Gulledge, Eric Agency Inc., PMB 317, 4094 Majestic Lane, Fairfax, VA 22033-2104 (703/860-4550; fax: 703/860-4740). For registration details, contact Dorothy Fitzpatrick, ASTM (610/832-9678) or E50 manager Dan Smith, ASTM (610/832-9727). //

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Program for Brownfields Seminar

October 24

9:00 Introduction to ASTM Environmental Activities and Program Overview

Session 1. Brownfields Redevelopment

9:10 “The Site Selection Process for Brownfields Re-Development in the Lehigh Valley,” Horace Moo-Young, Lehigh University and Mohammad Alattar, Kuwait University

9:40 “Empowering Communities Under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Initiative – Two Case Studies in California,” Colin Moy, Ecology and Environment, Inc. and Thomas Mix, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

10:10 “Stabilization of DNAPL at a New Jersey Brownfield Site,” Douglas Cervenak and David Bausmith, Key Environmental Inc., Kerri Mullins, SK Services (East), and Mitchell Brourman, Beazer East, Inc.

11:00 “Innovative Approach to Non-BRAC Transfer of an Army Ammunition Plant,” Michael Barlage and Eduardo Gasca, Tetra Tech EM Inc. and Valerie Shippers, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command

11:30 “Establishment of Site-Specific Risk-Based Cleanup Standards for Wyoming’s Voluntary Remediation Program.” Panel: a cross-section of interested stakeholders will describe the efforts to create Wyoming’s Voluntary Remediation Program

Session 2. Brownfields Decision Making

1:15 “Case Study- Remediation of a Former Auto Service Facility Under the Utah Voluntary Cleanup Program,” Boyd Breeding, Wasatch Environmental

1:45 “Negotiating with Environmental Regulators Regarding Brownfield Revitalization,” by David Daddario, North American Realty Services

2:15 “Risk-Based Decision Making (RBDM) Tools for Brownfields and Military Base Redevelopment,” J. Peter Nevin, Groundwater Services, Inc.

3:05 “Implementation of Risk-Based Corrective Action Decisions for Chemical Releases,” Panel discussion: David Luick, Target Stores, Ed Benoit, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Session 3. Base Realignment and Closure

3:50 “Integrating Remote Monitoring Capabilities with Base Realignment and Closure Planning Process,” Fred Price, Booz Allen & Hamilton, J. De Carlo, Ciccel- Booz Allen & Hamilton and John Smith, Air Force Base Conversion Agency

4:20  “Petroleum Contaminated Soil Processed for Beneficial Use as Asphalt Paving under BRAC Program at Fort Devans, Massachusetts,” Frederick Payson Hooper and George Camougis, American Reclamation Corporation

October 25

Session 4. Base Realignment and Closure (Continued)

9:00 “BRAC Enhancement Panel: A Discussion of the Department of Defense’s Plans and Initiatives for Enhancing the Property Cleanup and Transfer Process,” William Rowe, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Marilyn Bracken, Institute for Defense Analysis

9:45 “The Challenges of Implementing Land Use Controls on BRAC Bases”, James Connell and Daniel Pickett- The International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

10:15 “NPL Delisting at Williams Air Force Base, Mesa, Arizona,” Robert Mueller and Nadine Bernal, BEM Systems Inc., Dennis Pinigis, AFBCA/ROL Bergstrom

11:20 “Activity and Use Limitations as Applied to Brownfield and BRAC Properties,” Panel: Amy Edwards, Holland & Knight, Ed Benoit, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Joe Schilling, ICMA

Session 5. Financial Considerations

1:30 “Using Third Party Assumptions of Environmental Liabilities to Manage Financial Risk,” Michael Salmon, Ron Bock and Michael Holder, TRC Environmental Corporation

2:00 “Analysis of Business Environmental Risk for Brownfields Redevelopment of a California State Superfund Site,” Thomas Venus, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants

Mini-Symposium

2:50 “Wetlands Restoration and Enhancement at Brownfields Sites,” Steve Richardson, Miami-Dade Solid Waste Authority, Ron Van Fleet, Sarasota County Environmental Management Department, Frank Griffiths, Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resource Management, James Bays, CH2M Hill