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Environmental Restoration Program 2015 - 2016 Update

Passage of the 2015-16 New York State budget makes available up to $10 million a year in funding for the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP). This is welcome news because requests for funding exceeded available funds and, as a result, applications have not been approved since 2008 and new applications are not being accepted.

Currently within the ERP, the State reimburses up to 90 percent of on-site eligible costs and 100 percent of off-site eligible costs for brownfield site investigation and remediation. The property may then be reused for commercial, industrial, residential or public use.

Disclaimer: The 2015 -16 Budget Bill has made a number of significant changes to the ERP. As a result, program elements will need to be refined and updated before the DEC can entertain applications.

These efforts will include updating application materials and guidance. For example, municipalities will now have the option to request that the State conduct the remedial action, and then pay their 10 percent share. In addition the municipality will have to commit to provide the Environmental Easement, implement the Site Management Plan and cover the cost of these post-remedy activities. In addition, significant changes to the State's grant procedures will require use of the new Master Grant Program and a new approach will need to be developed, since the previous State Assistance Contract model can no longer be used.

Check this page periodically! DEC will provide updated information about evolving ERP program changes here. Significant news about the ERP also will be announced through DEC's Brownfield Programs Email Listserv (to subscribe, follow this link and check the "Brownfield Programs" box) .

First ERP Grant Turned Construction Junkyard into New Housing Community

Former APCO property before remediation
The Former APCO property, site
of the first ERP project, was the
longtime dumping grounds for a
local contractor. Photos
courtesy of Rochester DEQ.
Aerial view of property surrounded by houses
The site is surrounded by
residential properties. State and
local officials worked closely with
residents to solicit input on the
design of a new subdivision.
Remediated site with new housing subdivision
In the new housing community called
Newcroft Park, all lots sold quickly,
increasing the local tax base and raising
the value of surrounding homes.