|From:||Tony Chenhansa <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Mon, 12 Apr 1999 17:38:38 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Monday 4/12/99 Brownfields Introductions|
Monday 4/12/99 Brownfields Introductions 16) Katherine Reilly Beveridge & Diamond 17) Marjorie Lifsey Lewis and Clark College 18) Michael Gerrard Arnold & Porter 19) Keith Welks Phoenix Land Recycling Company 20) Kris Sarri Department of Housing and Urban Development 21) Ann Goode Northeast Midwest Institute 22) Maxine Leichter LA City Environmental Affairs Department 23) Gene Schmittgens Ziercher & Hocker ------------------------------ ======================================================================== From: "Katherine Reilly" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions My name is Katherine Reilly. I am an attorney in the San Francisco office of Beveridge & Diamond, a national environmental law firm. My practice includes brownfields, redevelopment, land use, environmental, and natural resources issues. I represent a variety of municipal agencies, property owners and developers, industries, and nonprofit groups in connection with the remediation and redevelopment of brownfields properties in California. Katherine Reilly Beveridge & Diamond LLP One Sansome Street, Suite 3400 San Francisco, CA 94104 tel. 415/983-7712 fax 415/397-4238 e-mail email@example.com ------------------------------ ======================================================================== Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 19:06:29 -0700 (PDT) From: Marjorie Lifsey <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions Dear Tony, I am a second year law student at Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law. Last summer I worked for EPA Region 10 in their Oregon Operations Office on environmental justice, brownfields, air quality, and transportation issues. As an EPA employee, I was involved with the Portland Brownfields Initiative, and I continue to be involved as an interested citizen. I recently wrote a paper for Law Review on EPA's Prospective Purchaser Agreements as a tool to redevelop brownfields. Over the past year, I have researched 69 PPAs from every EPA region in the nation. I examined the covenants not to sue and the "benefits to the community" in each PPA, and I discussed the trends in each EPA Region. I believe that PPAs can provide benefits to purchasers and local communities, if certain safeguards are included (i.e. RCRA protection, public participation). If anyone is interested in my paper, please feel free to contact me. Currently, I work for a state circuit judge in Multnomah County on complex litigation cases, including hazardous waste cases. I worked, and I am still working on, several cases regarding environmental insurance and multiple insurance allocation issues. I've enjoyed list-serve discussions on environmental insurance. This summer and next year I will be working for the Oregon Department of Justice in their Natural Resources Division in the Portland office. As a law student, most of my spare time is spent in the law library. But when I do get out, I like to run and bike. I am running the Boston Marathon in a week and a half, and I am pshyched. Thanks for this informative list-serve- Margi Lifsey firstname.lastname@example.org 8114 SE 11th Ave. Portland OR 97202 ------------------------------ ======================================================================== From: Michael_Gerrard@aporter.com Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 08:13:53 -0400 Subject: Brownfields introductions My name is Michael Gerrard. I have practiced environmental law in New York City since 1978, and I am now a partner in the New York office of Arnold & Porter. I frequently represent property owners and project applicants in brownfields projects. I also teach environmental law as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. My most recent book, BROWNFIELDS LAW AND PRACTICE: THE CLEANUP AND REDEVELOPMENT OF CONTAMINATED LAND (Matthew Bender, two volumes) was named Best Law Book of 1998 by the Association of American Publishers. My next book, entitled THE LAW OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, will be published this summer by the American Bar Association, ------------------------------ ======================================================================== Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 17:22:17 -0400 From: Keith Welks <KWelks@compuserve.com> Subject: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions My name is Keith Welks. I am the President of the Phoenix Land Recycling Company, a 501(c)(3) organization which functions as a kind of nonprofit "predeveloper" of brownfield sites. Realizing that those few words are more mystifying than edifying, I offer the following (at the risk of causing hundreds of pairs of eyes to rapidly glaze over): we negotiate purchase option or contingent sales agreements with owners of particularly distressed brownfields. By particularly distressed, we mean 1) sites that have been long passed over by the private sector and are not likely to be attract private assessment/cleanup/redevelopment interest in their present condition and 2) sites whose owners generally lack the interest, capacity or financing to move their properties through the environmental and development process. With option/contingent agreement in hand, we carry out a comprehensive environmental assessment to determine current conditions and likely remedial requirements. This information is used to negotiate a cleanup agreement with the appropriate regulatory agencies (so far, only in Pennsylvania); the state agency has committed to sign these agreements with Phoenix serving as a kind of proxy for an end-user which may not yet be identified. The agreements will be both contingent (the rights and responsibilities triggering only when someone takes title; we do not plan to do that) and assignable (to someone who actually takes title). We then work with local groups -- CDCs, local government, local economic development agencies, etc. -- to find end-users who will bring community-supportive uses to the site. Depending on the prospective purchaser and the use, we either convey our interest (and the regulatory agreement) to the end user with the site in an "as -is " condition or take the next step and arrange for cleanup and then convey our interest in an "improved" brownfield. In a nutshell, we try to add value to the original brownfield by fronting the time and money needed to reduce many (or, when we also do the cleanup, virtually all) the uncertainties. We are presently "engaged" at three properties. Our farthest along involves a former EPA emergency removal site which had been effectively abandoned since EPA activities ended about a decade ago. The emergency removal did not entail a comprehensive cleanup, and serious PCB contamination remained behind. We have completed assessment, secured approval of our cleanup plan, and persuaded the state to perform the actual remediation under a new program designed to aid brownfield projects like this. The site will be transferred to a local transportation agency this summer, where it will be used to construct a park and ride commuter bus station which will help extend mass transit to the surrounding blue collar community. A second site has a similar legacy, and we are about to begin the environmental assessment effort. A third site involves a designated historic brewery which has fallen on hard times (series of tenants who thought it was Miller time all the time and eventually vacated the premises leaving behind many containers of unidentified materials which those narrow-minded regulators insist on calling wastes) but which is on the boundary of an major downtown renaissance effort. We are in the early stages of this project. All three sites are less than 5 acres and all are in urban or core city locations. We are also involved in several programmatic initiatives which we see as closely related to our core mission of devising specific solutions to specific brownfield problems. In particular (and in brief(!!)), we are 1) administering a regional EPA brownfields pilot grant project which will provide educational outreach, one-stop brownfield information and assessment assistance at selected sites and 2) leading an effort (with The Development Fund from California) to create a private financing intermediary which will be a source of lending/financing for brownfield projects unable to obtain such support in the traditional private markets. We are located in Harrisburg and Allentown, Pennsylvania. My phone number is (717) 541-1990. You can send e-mail directly to me at (in order of preference): email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Finally, I apologize for being so wordy. Open-ended responses bring out my worst tendencies. ------------------------------ ======================================================================== Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 19:44:53 -0400 From: Kris Sarri <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions Tony-- Thanks for arranging the electronic introduction. I am Kris Sarri and I work at the Department of Housing and Urban Development on brownfields issues. At HUD, I help individuals and communities on how they can use the Department's resources for brownfields redevelopment, whether it is to create new housing, parks or jobs. ------------------------------ ======================================================================== Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 09:25:33 -0400 To: email@example.com From: Ann Goode <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: introductions Tony- I'm with the Urban Environment Program at the Northeast Midwest Institute. I work with Elizabeth Collaton and Charlie Bartsch on the multitude of issues that fall under the categories of brownfield redevelopment and smart growth. One of the projects we're doing now (in conjunction with ICMA) is case study research on all the Showcase Communities. It's a very exciting project (for people like me) that allows us to take a very detailed look at municipal brownfield programs. Like many other analysts we've studied state programs in some depth. States set the standards, sometimes provide funding and almost always have some oversight role in clean up efforts. Cities are in the position to roll brownfield programs out in a manner most suited to their community, however, and their approaches vary widely. We're just getting started with city visits, but will keep the list posted as to when a report is expected. Other current projects: We'll soon publish a paper on transportation and brownfields and a paper that is an overview of federal agency programs; we're working with the Congress for New Urbanism on a workbook on infill development; we're working with the Environmental Law Institute to look at the affects of environmental rules on redevelopment/infill. I spend all other waking hours trying to keep my two little girls (reasonably) clean, fed and happy. I recently ordered one of those "easy to put together" swing sets off the internet and, though my husband and i spent a large chunk of the weekend trying to put it together, it remains strewn across the yard. I WILL get major points when it is finally constructed, however. ------------------------------ ======================================================================== Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 06:54:44 -0700 From: Maxine Leichter <MLEICHTE@EAD.CI.LA.CA.US> To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Friday 4/9/99 Brownfields Introductions For introductions: I am Maxine Leichter - LA City Environmental Affairs Department and City Brownfields Team Maxine Leichter Los Angeles City Environmental Affairs Department. 201 N. Figueroa St. Room 200 Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 580-1072 firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------ ======================================================================== From: "Eugene P. Schmittgens, Jr." <EPS@ziercher.com> To: <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Romance & Brownfields Newsgroup Introductions My name is Gene Schmittgens. I am a shareholder in the St. Louis (Clayton), Missouri law firm of Ziercher & Hocker. I have been here for just under one year, but have been practicing in the area of environmental law for over 10 years. This was not something I set out to do, but became an environmental lawyer because I was the last one hired. I have been active in Brownfield as the outside counsel for a governmental entity, an author on the topic, and in the development of various remediation tax credits in both Missouri and Illinois. Because you asked for outside interests I will tell you that I love baseball, especially Cardinal's baseball. ------------------------------ ======================================================================== -- [EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: CPEO'S PHONE NUMBER HAS CHANGED TO 415-405-7751. OUR FAX NUMBER IS STILL THE SAME] Tony Chenhansa, Program Coordinator Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO) 425 Market Street 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 ph: 415-405-7751 fx: 415-904-7765 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.cpeo.org A program of the San Francisco Urban Institute
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