As regular readers of this blog know, initially, I was not a huge fan of MDEQ’s 2012 CSI (Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative) process aimed at refining MDEQ’s Part 201 language and rules to enable more sites to achieve closure and get out of “contamination limbo.” Well, the process did lead to some specific recommendations and some concrete legislative changes and it appears that closures are slowly being approved more quickly and easily.
Well, not one to rest on her laurels, Anne Couture at the MDEQ decided to try and revisit the process in 2014, this time focusing on making the “patchwork quilt” of statutes and rules regarding brownfield redevelopment, incentives, grants and loans more straightforward. A CSI II group (of which, in full disclosure, I am a part) has had its first meeting and will be working throughout the Spring and Summer. The group has been charged with focusing on the following six specific areas:
2. Core Communities;
3. Site Reclamation Rules;
4. Demolition, Lead, Asbestos, and Dredging;
5. Liability; and
6. Program Implementation.
If you have specific concerns regarding these issues or ideas on ways to improve or streamline the brownfield process or incentives, feel free to let the MDEQ know or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure to pass your comments on.