2020 Brownfield Seminar
GBA’s 2020 Virtual Brownfield Seminar – Oct. 6 & 7, 2020
GBA hosted its sixth annual Georgia Brownfield Seminar, providing a forum for discussions about the environmental, financial, regulatory, and community factors that guide brownfield remediation and redevelopment. GBA brought together information, experience, and research to provide 200+ Seminar participants a greater knowledge and ability to help revitalize their community.
- Extended reach – to all corners of the state (and beyond!) to join us. An online format allowed us to extend our reach and include those who may not typically be able to join in person due to travel restraints.
- Recorded sessions – recorded sessions are available to those who have registered for the program until Dec. 31, 2020.
- Continuing education credits – For the first time ever, GBA submitted and received six hours of CLE credits from the State Bar of Georgia, and potentially more credits for other industries.
This seminar provided quality education opportunities with a wide range of participants, including leading development, legal, engineering, risk management, economic development, and other professionals throughout Georgia and beyond with a shared interest in cleaning and redeveloping contaminated properties and revitalizing surrounding areas around the state.
Our 2020 GBA Brownfield Seminar line-up was presented via Zoom on October 6-7, 2020.
- Keynote Speakers: Jennifer Zeller, Strategic Solutions Manager and Ricardo Palacios, Engineering Manager; Georgia Power Community & Economic Development
- Creating Value from Surplus Properties through Brownfields Redevelopment- Steven Aufdenkampe, Norfolk Southern and Rebecca Bolden, Mohawk Industries
- Collaboration Across Georgia’s Hazardous Waste Programs – Adam Hanley of EPD’s Brownfield Unit and Mike Smilley of EPD’s VRP Unit
- Community Involvement and Environmental Health: Soil Heavy Metal Contamination in West Atlanta – Dr. Eri Saikawa
- EPA Updates
- Incentives for Brownfields Redevelopment: A Success Story with the Florida Brownfields Program – David Latham, Geosyntec and Joe Ullo, Stearns Weaver Miller
- Lessons Learned in Brownfield Redevelopment – Jim Irwin, New City Properties and John Spinrad, Arnall Golden Gregory
- Addressing the Challenges of Ongoing Owner Obligations for Type 5 Remediation – Anthony Nievera, Peachtree Environmental and Shannon Ridley, EPD Brownfields Coordinator
- PFAS Issues Related to Brownfields Redevelopment – Renea Hall, EPA Region 4 Staff Lead for PFAS Emerging Contaminants and Alabama Drinking Water Program Liaison with John Hollar, Geosyntec and Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg
- EPD Updates – Sarah Visser, Assistant Branch Chief of EPD’s Land Protection Branch with Jason Metzger, Director of EPD’s Response and Remediation Program, and Shannon Ridley, EPD Brownfields Coordinator
- Status and Effective Use of GaEPD’s New Guidance Documents – Steve Ellingson, Vatten Associates
- Leveraging Georgia’s Regional Commissions for Brownfield Assessment: A Case-study of a Multi-party Brownfield Assessment Coalition Project – Nick DiLuzio, Newfields with Jim Livingston and Laura Schneider, River Valley Regional Commission
Thank You to our 2020 GBA Brownfield Seminar Sponsors
The 2019 Brownfield Seminar’s Keynote Speaker:
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PFAS Risk and Impact on Continuing Obligations: An informative discussion about how PFAS can impact Brownfield sites in various stages of development, from environmental site assessments to risk assessments to continuing obligations. II Kathi Wurzel, NewFields, LLC; Mark Benotti, NewFields, LLC; Shanna Alexander, EarthCon Consultants, Inc; Brian Smith, US EPA; Moderator: Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Evolving Beyond a Traditional Remediation Approach: A conversation about approaches for reducing inherent risk associated with environmental, zoning, timing, financial, and repositioning uncertainties. Several case studies will be discussed, including a remediation project in Buckhead, GA that allowed for redevelopment into the Top Golf recreational facility. II Colleen Kokas, Environmental Liability Transfer; Moderator: Rich Glaze, Balch & Bingham LLP
Mayors Panel: Mayors from Columbus, Hapeville, and Doraville, GA will discuss their views and experiences with brownfield redevelopment in their local communities. II Mayor B. H. “Skip” Henderson III, City of Columbus, GA; Mayor Alan Hallman, City of Hapeville, GA; Luke Howe, City of Doraville, GA (representing Mayor Donna Pittman); Moderator: Amanda Herrit, Terracon
Regulatory Approaches: A panel discussion about benefits to brownfield sites offered by state and federal regulatory programs, as well as benefits that can be realized under the recently adopted risk assessment framework by the GA EPD. Speakers will also share information about the 2017 Federal Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act provisions, practical implications, and potential incentives. II Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Shanna Alexander, EarthCon Consultants, Inc; Jessica Lavandier, City of Atlanta; Jessica Turner, EarthCon Consultants, Inc.; Moderator: Camilla Warren, US EPA
EPA Brownfields Program: A panel discussion about benefits to brownfield sites offered by state and federal regulatory programs, as well as benefits that can be realized under the recently adopted risk assessment framework by the GA EPD. Speakers will also share information about the 2017 Federal Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act provisions, practical implications, and potential incentives. II Carol Monell, US EPA; Moderator: Shanna Thompson, Geosyntec
Community Engagement and Environmental Justice – A Focus on Savannah: A case study from Savannah, GA that shows how brownfield redevelopment provides an important framework to revitalize overburdened and underserved communities – transforming contaminated properties into end uses that promote environmental, economic, and health vitality. II Eric Chin, City of Savannah; Suzi Ruhl, US EPA; Mildred McClain, Harambee House; Moderator: Keith Ziobron, Cardno
EPD Regulatory Update: Regulatory, policy, and legislative updates from EPA and EPD on the Georgia environmental programs that affect redevelopment. II Shannon Ridley, Georgia EPD; Jason Mezger, Georgia EPD; Moderator: Shanna Thompson, Geosyntec
Brownfield Remediation and Risk Considerations: Case studies that illustrate approaches to Brownfield site remediation, and a discussion about identifying and managing risk at remediation sites associated with climate change. II Venkat Kolluru, ERM; Wanda Farmer, SCS Engineers; Moderator: Bill Butler, ERM
Leveraged Funding Yield Arts, Industry, and Jobs: A discussion about EPA’s Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) program and how it is implemented to support land redevelopment. An in-depth case study will highlight how this funding can provide the assessment needed to spark property transfer and ultimately lead to brownfield redevelopment and job creation. II Everett Chinn, City of Greenville; Sandra Harrigan, Tetratech; Satara Thomas, Tetratech; Rob Rosen, US EPA; Moderator: Keith Ziobron, Cardno
2018 Brownfield Seminar
Thanks to all who attended the fourth-annual Brownfield Seminar, which has sold out all four years. Click below to view the agenda and speaker presentations.
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Georgia Brownfield Association Opening: Adam Hayes, Wenck
Welcome to Georgia Power: Brett Mitchell, Georgia Power
EPA’s Superfund Program and Brownfields Program: An update on both programs and a discussion about how each is putting sites back into productive use in Georgia, the Southeast, and across the nation. I Bill Denman, US EPA Southeast Region; Dustin Heizer, Wood PLC; Scott Miller, US EPA Southeast Region
Reshaping Perspectives – Assessment, Remediation & Community Mitigation Project: A discussion of various legal, real estate, and regulatory perspectives covering available funding, permitting, potential legal liabilities and consensus building. I Albert Edwards, CERM
Phytoremediation Feasibility for Brownfield Sites: A discussion about why is phytoremediation, and why use phytoremediation – and how they apply to brownfield sites I Shanna Thompson, Geosyntec.
Vapor Intrusion: Possible Reopening Risks and Sampling Methods Update: An examination – using hypothetical remediation site case studies – of how potential risks can be proactively managed and a review of Federal and State Guidelines. I Jim Fineis, Atlas Geo-Sampling; Justin Knight, Geosyntec; Katherine Wurzel, NewFields; Lindsay Wallace, NewFields
Rails-to-Trails Conversions for Beneficial Reuse of Underutilized Properties: Studies of abandoned rail lines being given a new purpose will demonstrate beneficial reuse. I Tom Wurzinger, Geosyntec
Keynote Presentation: An update about EPD’s recent accomplishments, current issues, and future challenges. I Director Dunn, Ga. EPD
GBA Updates: Information about GBA’s impact on the industry and information about new initiatives. I John Spinrad, Arnall Golden Gregory
Lurking Pitfalls for “Innocent Purchasers”: A conversation about the legal, environmental, and real estate development obligations – from a pre-closing environmental diligence and a post-closing management plan – to avoid or minimize risks. I Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Shannon Ridley, Ga. EPD; Katie Ross, Wenck; Scott Samples, Terra Group
Broader Community Concerns and Environmental Justice Considerations: A discussion of environmental justice considerations for brownfield redevelopment from varying perspectives, addressing funding availability, local government, potential legal liabilities, private developers’ incentives, and more. I Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Patrick McShane, City of Atlanta; Deborah Ortiz, US EPA Southeast Region; Camilla Warren, US EPA Southeast Region
Pullman Yard Redevelopment – Linking the Past to the Future of Georgia: A discussion of Atomic Entertainment’s vision for a Work, Live, Play development to accommodate a growing film industry, and how the former Pullman Yard facility and property is becoming the fruition of this vision. I Len Diprima, United Consulting; Maureen Meulen, Atomic Entertainment Development; Andrea Rimer, Troutman Sanders; Adam Rosenfelt, Atomic Entertainment Development
Event closing: Adam Hayes, Wenck; Darlene Hawksley, Hawksley Consulting
Reception: All attendees are invited to attend.
2017 Brownfield Seminar
At the Georgia Brownfield’s third annual day-long seminar, a sold-out crowd benefitted from a range of technical presentations – and heard from Georgia economic development and environmental protection leaders.
Attending last year’s conference made Georgia Power’s Mark Berry appreciate the importance of the Georgia Brownfield Association, he said. The company’s vice president of environmental affairs welcomed the brownfield professionals gathered at the company’s headquarters, saying: “You are transforming places to productive use for our communities.”
Georgia Power’s Manager of Research and Engineering Research, Jennifer Zeller, highlighting the sites across Georgia that are attracting new and expanding businesses, cited transportation infrastructure and talent as the magnets for investment. She shared with the audience that 2016 was the strongest year on record for economic development in Georgia – and 2017 is so far outpacing 2016. Her team presented Georgia Power’s development of a GIS-based tool to identify, analyze and rank developable sites in Georgia communities.
“What you do is priceless,” Georgia Power’s Ricardo Placios told the gathered brownfield professionals, “You make sites viable, which important because we are running out of sites. Brownfield sites have invaluable infrastructure assets in place.”
And in updates from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and from the state legislators who chair the natural resources committees in the house and senate, Georgia Brownfield Seminar attendees heard:
- 2017 will be characterized as risk assessment year – reviewing how the agency can address disparity in risk assessment across all remediation programs;
- the flow of brownfield site remediation applications remains strong, which is a potential challenge in the face of proposed federal budget cuts; and
- there will be increased scrutiny of brownfield cost certifications.
Georgia EPD Director Rick Dunn, declaring “I am a big supporter of our brownfield program,” observed that this is a particularly good time to be focused on brownfield redevelopment. He described an opportune intersection of a national focus on investment and a market demand for walkable urban sites. What makes more sense, Director Dunn asked, than reusing existing infrastructure? And the demand is strong for investment in areas in which brownfields typically are found.
Director Dunn, observing that much of the low-hanging fruit has been picked with sites in desirable locations with relatively low contamination, challenged the gathering of brownfield professionals to work with EPD to determine how redevelopment of “browner” brownfields might be redeveloped. He asked them to consider what incentives and tools might be required. And Director Dunn similarly challenged the group to consider how to push redevelopment out to smaller towns and cities where the effect of disinvestment has been great, including putting pressure on agricultural and forest land.
Economic Development: An update about investment and relocation trends, as well as the current state of the market. Jennifer Zeller, Georgia Power; Jeff DeWitt, Georgia Power; and Ricardo Palacios, Georgia Power Click here and here for the presentations.
Regulatory Update: A regulatory, policy, and legislative update on the Georgia environmental programs that affect redevelopment. Beth Blalock, Ga. EPD; Jeff Cown, Ga. EPD; and Shannon Ridley, Ga. EPD Click here for the presentation.
State of GA legislative update: Senator Frank Ginn and Representative Lynn Smith
Building Demolition on Brownfield Sites: Environmental Risks: A focus on the environmental risks – as well as the sustainability aspects – of decommissioning and demolition. Robert Rivera, ERM Click here for the presentation.
Brownfields to Green: A Proposal for Redevelopment of Brownfields Property for Natural Resource Value: A discussion about how mitigation banking and solar fields could provide not only additional environmental benefits, but also an alternative profitable use for remediated sites, which could potentially bring a new type of developer to the brownfield program. Tara Disy Allden, Kimley-Horn; David Goldman, Kimley-Horn; Bill Spinner, Kimley-Horn; and Anthony Coker, Hannah Solar LLC Click here and here for the presentations.
Keynote presentation: GA EPD Director Rick Dunn
Using VRP Risk-based Features at Qualified Brownfield Sites: A discussion of the draft whitepaper that GBA submitted to GA EPD in 2016 regarding how the interpretation of the Georgia Brownfield Program (GBP) and the Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) laws could encourage even more redevelopment of brownfield properties across Georgia. Dan Grogan, Amec Foster Wheeler
Spotlight on Georgia’s Coast: An update on redevelopment along Georgia’s coast, as well as highlight a few current projects that are cleaning up contaminated properties and spurring additional economic development. Stewart Dixon, Terracon Click here for the presentation.
The East Bank of the Flats: A lesson in vapor intrusion mitigation for large-scale buildings: A case study of The East Flats, a $750 million project along the shores of the Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River, showcasing how to approach a large-scale vapor intrusion mitigation project. Tony McDonald, A-Z Solutions Click here for the presentation.
Brownfields Breaking Boundaries: Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Program Expands: A discussion of the process to qualify for GRAD Shovel-Ready status including due diligence standards, third-party review, and steering committee approval and an update on the certification of Georgia’s first GRAD-certified Brownfield. Presented by: Jason Dunn, Fitzgerald and Ben Hill Co. Development Authority; Scott McMurray, Georgia Department of Economic Development; and Keith Ziobron, Resolute Environmental & Water Resources Consulting Click here for the presentation.
Sandy Spring Government Complex Case Study: Brownfield coordination for a local government public private development site: A panel discussion about controlling what can become a complicated process when state regulators, city officials, environmental consultants, and contractors together navigate through the Brownfield process. Bryant Poole, City of Sandy Springs and Russell Griebel, United Consulting Click here for the presentation.
2016 Brownfield Seminar
Below is a recap of the 2016 Brownfield Seminar sessions, as well as links to session PPT presentations.
Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Variables, Best Practices, and Innovative Technologies: A conversation about the influence of building footprint on soil gas sub-slab vapor migration, best practices for the design and operation of effective and sustainable soil depressurization systems, and mitigation via aerated floors.
Georgia Brownfield Association’s 2015 Brownfield Seminar
Thanks to all who attended GBA’s inaugural Brownfield Seminar! It was a huge success. Click here for more information about speakers and to view their presentations.
Below are photos from the 2015 Brownfield Seminar. Click here to view speaker presentations.