Brownfields

A Brownfield is a property that is either abandoned or inactive with known or suspected contamination that complicates potential reuse or redevelopment.  The EPA created the Brownfields program to fund and encourage states, communities, developers, and other stakeholders to revitalize contaminated properties.

Prism partners with communities and developers to identify potential Brownfield sites, assist in securing funding, perform investigation and clean-up activities, and manage long-term operations of potential remedial systems.

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Prism is your experienced Brownfields environmental consultant

Brownfield Authority Work Plans

Prism is your experienced Brownfields environmental consultant.  We partner with Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities to identify properties and help secure funding.  As part of the process, Prism prepares a Brownfield Authority Work Plan for municipalities and developers to facilitate the implementation of eligible properties and activities.  

Pre-Demolition Assessments

Prior to the redevelopment of a Brownfields property, a Pre-Demolition Environmental Assessment is performed to assess the current status of a site prior to demolition and abatement activities.  The assessment may involve sample collection and analytical laboratory testing, evaluation of waste streams, and other environmental concerns.

Demolition Oversight

Prism is experienced in providing Demolition Oversight to support Brownfields projects. Key areas of oversight include health and safety, permit applications, waste profiles, scheduling, contractor progress meetings, budget tracking, engineering field activities, reporting, preparation of as-built and record drawings, and site restoration.

Universal Waste Identification

Waste streams are often identified during a Pre-Demolition Assessment at a Brownfields property. Common waste streams Prism encounters include asbestos, PCB-containing machinery and equipment, abandoned drums and containers, contaminated soils and sludges, stained concrete and wood, and lighting/switching containing heavy metals.  Identified waste streams are then characterized to select the proper removal, handling, staging, and disposal.

Brownfield Funding & Grants

Michigan created the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act to assist with financing environmental response activities at contaminated sites.  The financing is available to assist developers and local units of government in redeveloping sites.  State grants are available to determine if a property with redevelopment potential is contaminated and for due care and cleanup at contaminated properties.

Baseline Environmental Assessments

A Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) is an evaluation of a contaminated property that reasonably defines the existing environmental condition at the time of purchase.  A BEA protects the purchaser of a contaminated property from being responsible for prior releases, avoiding liability for investigation and remediation.  Without a BEA, the purchaser can be held liable for all contamination.

Due Care Compliance

Prism can manage Due Care Compliance for Brownfield projects. Owners contaminated property have an obligation to ensure contamination is not exacerbated and mitigate unacceptable exposure.  Due Care Compliance is necessary to comply with the legal requirements of owning or operating a property with known or suspected contamination.

Risk Analysis

Prism conducts a Risk Analysis of a Brownfields property to assist developers and municipalities in making informed decisions. During a Risk Analysis, site conditions are evaluated for exposure pathways, contaminant concentrations, and risk in accordance with cleanup criteria exceedances compared to the intended use of a property. 

 


Check out the video from the MDEQ about the Harbor Shores Project in Berrien County. Prism was an environmental consultant in the Harbor Shores Brownfield Redevelopment.

Video courtesy of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.