2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2014 23:58:32 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] South Dakota
FORUM: Brownsfield [sic] program offers funding for hazard cleanup

Opinion by David L. Ganje
Rapid City Journal,
January 4, 2014

Brownfields are properties the use, expansion or re-development of which is complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance. Environmental laws now include financial assistance for the cleanup and sale of such properties. Brownfield clean up can address mine-scarred lands, sites contaminated by petroleum, chemicals or sites contaminated because of manufacturing.

Environmental issues in South Dakota are primarily the jurisdiction of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). DENR has cooperative agreements in place with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under which the DENR is the local agency dealing with environmental matters. The EPA contributed over $47 million in funding programs for South Dakota in 2012 through DENR.

Not all government agencies are created equal. Not all government agencies work effectively. South Dakotans are fortunate. DENR is an agency that is generally accessible in its regulatory and management style. Such accessibility is not always the norm among environmental agencies across the country. DENR has established policies that promote the development of environmentally affected properties.


For the entire column, see
http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/opinion/forum-brownsfield-program- offers-funding-for-hazard-cleanup/article_5aaa8703-7909-595e-b530- f671d7cd6660.html

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