1999 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Tony Chenhansa <tonyc@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 17:34:28 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: Thursday 4/8/99 Brownfields Introductions
Thursday 4/8/99 Brownfields Introductions

1) Chuck Patrizia     Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
2) James H. Gibson     Chicago Housing Authority
3) Keith Extance     City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
4) Richard Hofrichter     National Association of County and City Health
5) Gary A. Patton     LandWatch Monterey County
6) David Larson      New Hampshire Bureau of Health Risk Assessment
7) Kristen R. Yount     Northern Kentucky University
8) Amber Evans     University of California, Berkeley
9) Pamela Rice     Tufts University, Environment & Community Development
10) Sue Neuman     Environmental Insurance Agency
11) Paul Radcliffe     Electric Power Research Institute


Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 08:23:01 -0700
To: cpeo-brownfields@igc.org
Subject: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions -Reply

Introduction from Chuck Patrizia --

I am a partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, an international
firm with offices in New York, Stamford, Washington, Atlanta, Los
Angeles, Costa Mesa, London and Tokyo.  I have practiced
environmental law since 1976.

I have worked on a variety of what are now called "Brownfields"
projects, including some that were simply called remediation and
redevelopment projects before Brownfields became a term that was in
vogue.   The recent projects include manufacturing facilities
on brownfield sites in New York (New York City and Buffalo), Michigan,
California and North Carolina.


From: "Gibson, James" <JGibson@thecha.org>
To: "'cpeo-brownfields@igc.org'" <cpeo-brownfields@igc.org>
Subject: RE: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 08:27:31 -0500

Hi Tony,

Here is my Stats and why I am interested in Brownfields:

My name is James H. Gibson and I am currently Sr. Manager of the
Environmental Unit (EU) for the Chicago Housing Authority.  The EU
primarily focuses on Lead and Asbestos Abatement and UST removal, but we

have several projects that involve the cleanup and redevelopment of
former industrial sites.  In addition, as we begin to demolish high
rises to make way for lower density townhomes, we will continue to
engage the community in an effort to promote sustainable redevelopment
-- redevelopment that includes commercial and light industrial
development.  This will help ensure that residents of public housing can

find work within their neighborhoods and help to attain the CHA's goal
of providing affordable housing in viable communities.

Prior to joining the CHA, I was Brownfields Coordinator for the City of
Chicago Department of Environment.  During this period, I worked on the
ASTM subcommittee to develop the Brownfields Standard Guide.

I hope this is helpful.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

James H. Gibson


Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 09:32:17 -0400
From: "Extance, Keith" <kextance@city.hamilton.on.ca>
Subject: RE: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions- REPLY
To: "'cpeo-brownfields@igc.org'" <cpeo-brownfields@igc.org>

- Keith Extance           (kextance@city.hamilton.on.ca)
- Planner with the City of Hamilton (Ontario), Community Planning and
Development Division
- Hamilton is located at the west end of Lake Ontario, approximately 35
miles west of Toronto.
- Hamilton in the Canadian context is what Gary, Indiana or Pittsburgh
is in the American context.
- Home to large steel manufacturing firms (Stelco and Dofasco) and other
traditional manufacturing firms.
- BUT, because of market globalization, many firms are closing and
consolidating operations elsewhere or simply do not use their sites as
intensely as they once did - therefore Brownfields are big issue.
- BUT, in Canada we do not have SuperFund nor is the legal liability and
financial/tax write-off framework as conducive as it is in the USA for
the take-up and re-use of brownfield locations.
- Interested in examples of Brownfield development where the local
municipality has taken a lead role and
 the mechanisms that were employed to get sites (either small or large)
back in productive use for either
 residential or employment-generating uses.

- Personal...... a very serious and knowledgeable NFL junkie... GO
BILLS!!... anybody need another football addict for a forthcoming
football pool this fall??? (point spread or players pool, I'll do them


From: Richard Hofrichter <rhofrichter@naccho.org>
To: cpeo-brownfields@igc.org
Subject: RE: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 09:22:54 -0400

My name is Richard Hofrichter and I am Senior Associate in the
Health Office of the National Association of County and City Health
Officials, which represents 3000 local health agencies across the

In seeking to build the capacity of local health agencies to protect
health at brownfields properties, we have conducted forums in selected
cities, produced a brief document on public health principles and
and are developing a guidance-reference work tentatively titled
Revitalization and Public Health: Expanding Roles, Improving
This document should be available in late October. One of our central
concerns is to integrate public health more effectively into
processes. Funded through ATSDR, we also provide technical assistance to

selected local health agencies in six of the showcase cities.

Non-work interests: I am completing an anthology for publication early
next year entitled Resisting Toxic Culture: Critical Perspectives on
Politics, Human Health and the Environment, and beginning a new work
tentatively titled: Predators in the Classroom: Resisting Corporate
Influence in Public Education.


From: "Gary A. Patton" <gapatton@mclw.org>
To: <cpeo-brownfields@igc.org>
Subject: Newsgroup Introductions
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 06:56:24 -0700

My contact information is below.  LandWatch Monterey County (where the
former Fort Ord is located) is seeking to make significant changes in
and county land use policies.  We are, of course, interested in reusing
brownfield sites (where environmental and public health dangers can be

Gary A. Patton, Executive Director
LandWatch Monterey County
546 Hartnell Street #E
Monterey, CA 93940
Telephone: 831-375-7396
FAX: 831-375-8466
Email: gapatton@mclw.org
Website: www.landwatch.org


From: "David Larson" <dlarson@dhhs.state.nh.us>
To: cpeo-brownfields@igc.org
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 10:18:45 -0400
Subject: Re: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions

I'm David Larson and I work for the State of New Hampshire in the Bureau
Health Risk Assessment (BHRA).


Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 10:05:21 -0400
From: "Kristen R. Yount" <YOUNTK@NKU.EDU>
Subject: Introductions
To: cpeo-brownfields@igc.org
Cc: PBMEYE02@homer.louisville.edu

1. WHO I AM: Kristen R. Yount, Associate Professor of Sociology,
Northern Kentucky University
2. INVOLVEMENT WITH BROWNFIELDS: Ongoing research issues include
environmental insurance; policy needs of small-scale reuse projects;
consequences of environmental liability laws for pollution prevention
and remediation; federal, state and municipal approaches to brownfields
reuse; environmental risk perception. Have been conducting research on
brownfields since 1993, in large part with Peter B. Meyer from the
University of Louisville. Have participated in three research projects
sponsored by EPA and HUD, presented about 20 papers on brownfields and
published several of these.
3. CURRENT RESEARCH: The Impact of Environmental Insurance on Brownfield

Redevelopment  Processes, with Peter B. Meyer, under a cooperative
agreement with EPA OSWER.
4. HOBBIES: Conducting research on brownfields and scuba diving with
Peter B. Meyer, my spouse.


Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 09:11:21 -0700
To: cpeo-brownfields@igc.org
From: Amber Evans <aevans@uclink4.berkeley.edu>
Subject: Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions

Hi I am Amber Evans.

My domain is an .edu as I am finishing up my Masters in City and
Planning at UC Berkeley.  I have focused my research on utilizing
brownfields sites for resource recovery, recycling, remanufacturing and
reviewed Emeryville's program more generally.  I have been more involved
Brownfields reuse however as a non-profit professional seeking to infuse

innovative remediation technologies into San francisco Bay Area military

base cleanup and expedite the reuse of these facilities - approaching
industries about regional opportunities to locate on former bases.  I am

currently project coordinator of Bay Area Defense Conversion action
Environmental Technology Partnership  and BADCAT Business Development


Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 15:46:22 EDT
Subject: Re: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions
To: cpeo-brownfields@igc.org
Reply-To: Prrs@aol.com

Greetings.  This is in response to the request for introductions:

My name is Pamela Rice.  I am a grad. student at Tufts University in
MA, finishing up my MPH in environmental health.  Currently, I work as a
time research associate and training coordinator for a program called
Environment & Community Development Program, which is housed at Tufts.
assess the training and education needs of nonprofits working to
brownfields, and plan and coordinate conferences and workshops to meet
needs.  We recently held a session for area community development
corporations and community organizations on finding and working with
environmental consultants.  Other recent topics have included
stakeholder negotiation skills and brownfields and public health
impacts.  We
hope that by holding these educational sessions, we can provide low
neighborhood groups, community-based organizations and community
corporations with technical assistance they might not otherwise have

I am also very much interested in human health risk assessment and
environmental epidemiology, as I believe it is important to better
the health impacts of contaminated land, water and air on surrounding
communities, especially cumulative risks and impacts.  I hope to pursue
research career in these areas when I graduate in December.

I was referred to this list by the former Director of my program, who
holds a position as the Director of Development at a nonproffit
justice law and education center in Roxbury, MA.  I am glad he referred
and am happy that such a resource for exchange of information, news and
around brownfields exists.

Let's see...my favorite desert is cheesecake of any kind, but especially
chocolate.  My favorite fashion color is black, but I also love the
pink and light blue.  I like to run, work out with weights, do any kind
aerobics, lately I'm into Tae-Bo.  I also love to cook, read, play golf
swing dance.  I like jazz, swing, blues, and especially folk music.

Well, I guess that completes my introduction.  I look forward to
participation in this newsgroup.

Pam Rice


From: "Susan Neuman" <susan_neuman@email.msn.com>
To: <cpeo-brownfields@igc.org>
Subject: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 17:02:12 -0400


1) My name is Sue Neuman,and I am, by training, an environmental
lawyer with experience in drafting environmental insurance policies for
several carriers, who decided to become a broker when my last employer
Home Insurance Company) went out of business. I thought I could use my
experience in making environmental insurance available in the context of

brownfields and other contaminated property transactions, because, since

policies in these settings were heavily negotiated and manuscripted,  my

experience and background ought to be useful -- and I was right.  (See
HUD report, which I have sent to many of you, and its discussion of how
increased flexibility of environmental insurance has created a new
problem -- the need for more expertise.) The name of my company is the
Environmental Insurance Agency, and our web site is

2) I relate to brownfields issues because it is crucially important (see
HUD report) to make insurance part of the brownfields redevelopment
since insurance provides certainty, and I am very into integrating
into the environmental risk management process (see my articles, which
on the web site). I also drafted the Transaction section of the ASTM
brownfields standard and made sure to include insurance as part of that
section and also the Evaluation section, and, of course, to include
generally as stakeholders. One criticism that the HUD report makes, or
reason it gives for the under-utilization of insurance in brownfields
projects, is that insurers or insurance brokers are rarely, if ever,
included as stakeholders in brownfields task forces. I was going to post
message asking all of you if you had any ideas about how to get them
included.  So I'm asking it now. How can we correct this problem?

3) A brownfields project I am currently involved is in Hungary, of all
places.  It seems that the former Soviet military bases are highly
contaminated (surprise!), and there is great interest in redeveloping
using American know-how. I was asked to see if insurers were interested
cost cap policies in Hungary (two were).  This was an unusual situation
where insurance was included at the very beginning of the project before

financing and developers were even found.  I am also involved in an
interesting project where an engineering company will assume liability
at a
contaminated landfill and obtain insurance to support that assumption
was done at a Superfund site in Bangor, Maine last year -- it was
in the Wall Street Journal).  Another potentially very big and
project I am involved in is to develop a pooling arrangement for
environmental insurance, including insurance for closure and post
financial responsibility, for a group of solid waste landfill owners or

3) Non-work -- Two of my children live nearby, in Larchmont, NY,with
small children, so that's my main life outside of environmental
But I also like opera, ballet, movies, and reading novels (I'm an
ex-academic in English, so now I get to read novels for fun).

Sue Neuman
Environmental Insurance Agency


Subject: RE: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 14:54:54 -0700
From: "Radcliffe, Paul" <PRADCLIF@epri.com>

I am Paul Radcliffe, with the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo
Alto, CA, where we do research for electric utilities (nationally and
internationally).  I am heading up a new program, EPRI's Sustainable
Community Development intitiative, working with our utility members on
redvelopment of sites in their service areas (some are Brownfields, and
some are owned by them directly, though not necessarily).  We have
a land-use planning model, Smart Places, to help them in communicating
their plans and the impacts to community stakeholders.

We have been involved in the Denver Stapleton Airport redevelopment,
and are now particpating in a regional Brownfield planning grant from
the State
of Michigan.  Smart Places is also being used in various other




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