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Directory of Technical Assistance for Land Revitalization

Appendix D. Non-Government Organizations Related to Revitalization Technical Assistance

D.1 Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh Brownfields Center

The Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh Brownfields Center attempts to improve the brownfields revitalization process by enabling scholars of engineering, the social sciences, economics and the arts to develop a comprehensive, multi-level understanding of the challenges facing community leaders as they seek to return brownfields to productive use. By applying interdisciplinary research teams to all levels of the process, the Brownfields Center develops and disseminates a collection of prototype decision support systems to those working in the economically vital area of Brownfield development. Carnegie Mellon University is conducting several case studies concerning specific Brownfield sites for a research project entitled "Brownfield Development: the Implications for Urban Infrastructure." More information about these case studies and the Brownfields Center can be found at the Center's website.
Internet Home Page: http://tbc.ce.cmu.edu/
D.2 International City/County Management Association
Background: The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is a professional and educational organization representing appointed managers and administrators in local governments throughout the world. Since 1996, ICMA has worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under a cooperative agreement to research and report on the best practices of managing a Brownfields program at the local level and innovative ways to restore sites to productive use. ICMA's expertise includes community outreach and participation, financing and insurance options, land use controls, and risk assessment and communication. ICMA produces reports, case studies, videos, and research forums, as well as presents findings and facilitates discussions and peer matches at many regional and national conferences. ICMA has written numerous reports on brownfields redevelopment, including a comprehensive, multi-edition guide to brownfields redevelopment, Brownfields Redevelopment: A Guidebook for Local Governments and Communities, as well as produced a number of free documents, including a Local Government Decision Tree for Brownfields Redevelopment, and a summary of the recently enacted Brownfields legislation, Summary of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. In addition, ICMA is a cosponsor of the National Brownfields Conference.
Internet Home Page: http://www.icma.org/
D.3 Interstate Technology Regulatory Council
Background: The Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) is a state-led coalition working together with industry and stakeholders to achieve regulatory acceptance of environmental technologies. ITRC brings together a diverse mix of environmental experts and stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to broaden and deepen technical knowledge and streamline the regulation of new environmental technologies. ITRC accomplishes its mission by developing guidance documents and training courses to meet the needs of both regulators and environmental consultants, and working with state representatives to ensure that ITRC products and services have maximum impact among state environmental agencies and technology users. ITRC has developed a report entitled: "Case Studies of Selected States' Voluntary Cleanup/Brownfields Programs" that provides an in-depth case study analysis of various states' voluntary cleanup/Brownfields programs and offers recommendations for possible enhancements.
Internet Home Page: http://www.itrcweb.org/
D.4 Groundwater Remediation Technologies Analysis Center
Background: The Groundwater Remediation Technologies Analysis Center (GWRTAC) compiles, analyzes, and disseminates information on innovative groundwater remediation technologies. GWRTAC prepares reports by technical teams and maintains an active outreach program. The Center offers a wide range of information on the state of development of all emerging ground-water remediation activities through their world-wide web site, searchable case study databases, and pertinent technical documents. GWRTAC is currently compiling case study information into databases to provide the means to prepare status reports for individual technologies and contaminants.
Internet Home Page: http://www.gwrtac.org/
D.5 Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials
Background: The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) supports the environmental agencies of States and trust territories. ASTSWMO focuses on the needs of State hazardous waste programs; nonhazardous municipal solid waste and industrial waste programs; recycling, waste minimization, and reduction programs; Superfund and State cleanup programs; waste management and cleanup activities at federal facilities; and underground storage tank and leaking underground storage tank programs. The Association's mission is to "enhance and promote effective State and territorial waste management programs, and affect national waste management practices." ASTSWMO has written several reports on brownfields redevelopment, including a guide providing States and territories with examples of innovative uses for available EPA funding to develop and maintain effective Brownfields programs, Compendium of State/Territorial Brownfields Program Funding.
Internet Home Page: http://www.astswmo.org/
D.6 Northeast-Midwest Institute
Background: The Northeast-Midwest Institute has been at the forefront of Brownfields policy development and information dissemination since the early 1990s, when the Institute organized the first Brownfields Conference in Chicago in 1991 and published the landmark New Life For Old Buildings. This report was the first to analyze the legal, regulatory, and financial barriers to cleaning up and reusing old industrial sites. Intense regional and national interest in the implications of brownfields for urban redevelopment and environmental cleanup led the Institute to launch an ongoing research program to identify the impacts of federal and state policies and programs on community revitalization efforts and suggest opportunities for improvement. The Institute has ties to Congress through the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions. In addition to the Coalitions, Institute staff work closely with local, state, and federal officials, private sector investors and developers, manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, academics, community development organizations, and other brownfields advocates and stakeholders.
Internet Home Page: http://www.nemw.org/reports.htm#brownfields and http://www.nemw.org/index.html
Background: As part of the Brownfields regional redevelopment initiative, EPA is sponsoring a Web-based initiative called WebBRIMS. WebBRIMS has been designed to share brownfields redevelopment information with all stakeholders. The database contains a core set of data common to most brownfields sites as well as fields that are unique to states and local communities. WebBRIMS is estimated to have approximately 200,000 records. Additionally there are several standard reports that are available to the users. Currently WebBRIMS contains information for EPA Regions 5, 6, and 7.
Internet Home Page: http://www.epa.gov/Arkansas/6sf/bfpages/webbrims.htm

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