A brownfield site defined by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is “real property, the redevelopment or reuse of which maybe complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous waste, petroleum, pollutant or contaminant.” The Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) was established to promote private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to reduce development pressure on undeveloped open land. Though the BCP, a taxpayer receives tax credits for the cleanup and redevelopment of a brownfield site. AFI has managed every step of BCP projects from initial investigation to Certificate of Completion.
AFI has extensive experience assisting our clients with the successful preparation, submittal and acceptance of applications for sites to be entered into the BCP. Our professional staff fully understands the application process and, therefore, are able to quickly and efficiently gather the necessary data and information and present it in a way consistent with NYSDEC expectations. This helps avoid delays from requests for additional or modified information.
Brownfield Remediation & Investigation
The BCP requires preparation of a Remedial Investigation Work Plan which includes characterizing the nature and extent of the site contamination in soil, groundwater, soil vapor, indoor air etc., identification of contaminant source areas, details of anticipated field activities, a site specific health and safety plan, etc. We conduct investigations for groundwater and soil to determine to what extent contamination exists. The various types of subsurface investigations that AFI conducts include: detecting storage leaks underground, developing and installing wells, determining levels of groundwater flow, interpreting contaminant hydrology, inspecting property sites with many boreholes, and field sampling and analysis. Each of our professionals is trained in the protocols for soil sampling, experienced with implementing ongoing monitoring for groundwater, and knowledgeable about other regulatory requirements.
If soil and/or groundwater is found to be impacted with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), it may become necessary to conduct a soil vapor intrusion (SVI) investigation for on-site buildings. AFI is able to develop and implement an SVI investigation if site conditions warrant.
One potential pitfall in the BCP process can be electronic submittal of site data into the NYSDEC EQuIS data management system. AFI’s professional staff has successfully submitted numerous laboratory analytical data packages for a variety of media including soil, groundwater and air. Our staff keeps up-to-date with the latest NYSDEC submittal guidelines to ensure our clients’ data submittals are fully compliant each and every time.
Once the brownfield remedial investigation phase of the project is completed, an Alternatives Analysis Report is prepared in which a preferred remedial alternative is derived through a comprehensive analysis of site data, potential human and ecological exposures, various mitigation techniques for any potential exposures, site specific conditions, cost analysis and client project objectives. AFI is experienced in developing a variety of site specific remedial options utilizing traditional and cutting edge remedial technologies as well as developing comprehensive life cycle costs analysis for each alternative ensuring the preferred remedial alternative is both “approvable” by NYSDEC and is favorable for the client with respect to cost and overall project objective.
Remedial Work Plan
Upon acceptance of the preferred remedial alternative developed in the Alternatives Analysis Report, NYSDEC will issue a decision document memorializing the approved remedy for the site. At this point a Remedial Work Plan is developed.
AFI has experienced professional scientists, geologists, hydrogeologists and registered professional engineers needed for the successful preparation and certification required under the BCP regulations.
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Because AFI has its own fleet of heavy construction equipment including excavators, bulldozers, dump trucks, skid steers, etc. a staff of competent equipment operators and laborers and an experienced professional staff, we are uniquely positioned to be able to take the smallest to largest remedial construction project from inception to completion without the need to subcontract vital services. This ensures efficient project design, implementation and closeout which translates to cost savings for the client.
Field tested scientists with demonstrated experience operating equipment will supervise all cleanup procedures. This final step is key to AFI's ability to manage field activities cost-effectively.
Certificate of Completion
The BCP requires participants to go through a number of steps to receive the state tax credit. At AFI, we have extensive experience working with regulatory agencies to ensure that remediation proceeds to closure, on time and within budget. AFI has experience in every aspect from the initial application process to the Final Engineering Report. A Certificate of Completion (COC) is issued by the DEC upon review of the Final Engineering Report. The COC assures that the applicant has no liability to the State for hazardous waste or petroleum at, or radiating from, the site and that the applicant is eligible for the tax credit.
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