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For information on the Brownfields Study Group, contact:
Mick Skwarok
608-266-9263

2015 Brownfields Study Group subcommittees

The Brownfields Study Group and other stakeholders spent much of 2014 developing legislative and administrative proposals designed to enhance and advance environmental cleanup and redevelopment in Wisconsin. They produced the 2015 Brownfields Study Group Report - Investing in Wisconsin [PDF], which details their recommendations.

The Brownfields Study Group is an independent external advisory group to DNR, and the recommendations in the report are wholly their own. The DNR may or may not agree with the administrative proposals in the report, and takes no position on the legislative recommendations.

Economic

Economic impact subcommittee

This subcommittee will investigate the possibility of having the Brownfields Study Group commission an independent study on the economic impact of brownfield remediation and redevelopment in Wisconsin.

Example topics: Quantify economic impact of brownfields redevelopment, policies

Chair: Nancy Frank (UW-Milwaukee)

State contact: Barry Ashenfelter

Meetings

Date Location Meeting Materials
March 27 West Allis City Hall
West Allis
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
April 22 West Allis City Hall
West Allis
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
May 20 Conference call Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
June 5 West Allis City Hall
West Allis
Agenda [PDF]
July 15 West Allis City Hall
West Allis
Agenda [PDF]
July 21 Conference call Agenda [PDF]

Financial

Financial subcommittee

This subcommittee will review existing public and private funding programs and financial tools for brownfields remediation and redevelopment in Wisconsin, and investigate additional options.

Example topics: Sources of funding for public and private, bonding, leveraging

Chair: John Antaramian (ECC Corp.)

State contact: Barry Ashenfelter

Meetings

Date Location Meeting Materials
April 2 Waukesha State Office Building
Waukesha
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
April 16 Waukesha State Office Building
Waukesha
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
April 30 Waukesha State Office Building
Waukesha
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
May 14 Waukesha State Office Building
Waukesha
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
July 2 Waukesha State Office Building
Waukesha
Agenda [PDF]

Liability

Liability subcommittee

This subcommittee will look at tools to address sites with challenging responsible party issues. The subcommittee will also work on recommendations for enhancing liability related incentives for cleanup, as well as incentives for addressing other environmental issues (sediment, historic fill, etc.). Other topics of discussion include VPLE, lender exemptions and protections for properties impacted by off-site contamination.

Example topics: VPLE, lenders, cost recovery, bankruptcy

Chair: Mark Thimke (Foley & Lardner)

State contact: Michael Prager

Meetings

Date Location Meeting Materials
March 25 Foley and Lardner
Madison
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
April 15 U.S. Venture Inc
Appleton
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
May 1 Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek
Milwaukee
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
May 16 Foley and Lardner
Madison
Agenda [PDF]
July 8 Foley and Lardner LLP
Milwaukee
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]

Local government

Local government subcommittee

This subcommittee will work on diverse issues including taxes, liability protections, public participation, funding for LGUs and ways to keep our communities safer. New technical guidance may be recommended, and potential statutory changes may also be considered, as ways of enhancing the capabilities of our local governments to effectively redevelop brownfields.

Example topics: Municipal incentives, methods of acquisition, best management practices, tax tools

Chair: John Stibal (City of West Allis)

Meetings

Date Location Meeting Materials
March 26 Webinar Agenda [PDF]
Municipal/LGU issue list [PDF]
Issue groups [PDF]
Issue assignments [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
April 17 West Allis City Hall
West Allis
Agenda [PDF]
Historic issues [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
May 7 West Allis City Hall
West Allis
Agenda [PDF]

Technical

Technical subcommittee

This subcommittee will identify and review a variety of brownfields related technical issues and evaluate any policy development needs.

Example topics: Vapor intrusion, sediment standards, chlorinated solvents, PCBs

Chairs: Scott Wilson (Ayres Associates), Karen Dettmer (City of Milwaukee)

State contact: Tom Coogan

Meetings

Date Location Meeting Materials
April 4 Ayres Associates
Madison
Agenda [PDF]
Draft issue list [PDF]
April 25 Natural Resource Technology
Milwaukee
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
May 9 Natural Resource Technology
Milwaukee
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
June 12 Ayres Associates
Madison
Agenda [PDF]

Waterfront revitalization

Waterfront revitalization subcommittee

This subcommittee will work to address brownfield remediation and redevelopment along Wisconsin's lakes and rivers. Subcommittee members are committed to preserving and enhancing this valuable resource.

Example topics: Sediment, waterfront redevelopment, process streamlining

Chairs: Bruce Keyes (Foley & Lardner), Dave Misky (City of Milwaukee)

State contact: Christine Haag

Meetings

Date Location Meeting Materials
March 31 Port Authority of Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
April 14 Dane County Land & Water Resources Department
Madison
Agenda [PDF]
Statement of issues [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
April 28 Dane County Land & Water Resources Department
Madison
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
May 12 Radisson Hotel Harbourwalk
Racine
Agenda [PDF]
Minutes [PDF]
Last revised: Monday January 04 2016