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Green Initiative
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HSW Green Initiative


HSW Engineering personnel have negotiated Brownfields Site Rehabilitation Agreements (BSRAs) and facilitated receipt of Voluntary Tax Cleanup Credits (VCTCs). Staff are active in ASTM and have expertise with due diligence Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) compliant with Brownfields assessment grant funding.  HSW's Brownfields expertise includes:

  • Association Past-board Members / Committee Chairs
  • BSRA Drafting, Negotiation, and Implementation
  • Identification of Multiple Incentivized Funding Sources
  • Cost Categorization, Tracking, and VCTC Applications
  • Grant Funding Use, Tracking, and Reporting
  • State-of-the-art Remediation Technologies
  • Stakeholder Communication
  • Strategies for Area Revitalization  

An interesting project example for HSW is our work with Gerdau Ameristeel.  Ameristeel owns a former Steel Mill Brownfield site in Tampa, Florida.  The property operated as a steel production facility from the mid-1950s to the late 1990s.  These operations resulted in environmental issues related to petroleum storage tanks, chlorinated solvent releases, and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in soils and artificial fill.  Following a major remedial effort in 2000-01, Ameristeel sought designation of the subject property in the State Brownfields Redevelopment Program.  The site was granted Brownfields designation by the City of Tampa, and a Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreement was executed with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  An environmental assessment plan was prepared by HSW to address the discrepancies between approved cleanup goals prior to BSRA execution and current cleanup target levels as referenced in 62-777 FAC.  Remedial strategies are being developed based upon assessment results, environmental obligations/stewardship and their influence upon development of the subject property as an Industrial Park.  Due to the presence of PCBs subject to the Toxic Substances Control Act, regulatory interaction is shared between the FDEP and USEPA.