Ohio Brownfields

Facilitates brownfield redevelopment through funding, outreach and education; provides direct support to local governments with Targeted Brownfield Assessments, collaborates on redevelopment projects with funding opportunities in Ohio.

Ohio Brownfields supports communities and environmental professionals in brownfield redevelopment. Brownfields are underutilized commercial-industrial properties, or four plus residential units potentially impacted by contaminants from past use. Various funding sources and regulations are available to assist in the transformation of the properties into productive use. Ohio EPA’s Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) program provides direct support to local governments by providing various Phase I and Phase II assessments at no cost. These assessments are important for property transaction/due diligence decisions and are needed to leverage various sources of cleanup funding.

Ohio Brownfields also provides outreach and technical training to environmental professionals and communities involved in brownfield revitalization. Staff are willing to meet with local governments, individuals, and interested parties in understanding the brownfield cleanup process and funding opportunities. Ohio Brownfields routinely holds training workshops and maintains updated brownfield resources.

Ohio Brownfields provides technical review and assistance to the Ohio Development Services Agency Abandoned Gas Station grant program and the Brownfield Loan Program. Ohio Brownfields also serves as the contact for brownfields or contaminated sites not yet in any cleanup program [e.g.: Voluntary Action Program, Remedial Response Program, Superfund, RCRA - Corrective Action and Closure].

Additional Ohio Brownfield functions include:

  • maintains Ohio’s Brownfield Inventory of sites at which response actions may occur in the next year
  • coordinates targeted brownfield assessments for communities
  • oversees Ohio’s brownfields program, markets Ohio’s cleanup programs and conducts outreach and training to local governments concerning brownfield issues
  • serves as point of coordination for questions about brownfield grants and other incentives 
  • provides community revitalization support (CRS) to local governments in locating funding (both state and federal), determining the correct environmental program and finding technical assistance
  • provides responses to DERR database requests
  • oversees VAP certification programs (Certified Biocriteria Evaluators, Certified Laboratories and Certified Professionals) including tracking and training



Archived Announcements

December 17, 2018
  • KSU TAB is offering a free Grant Writing Tips Webinar
  • Ohio EPA Support Letter Requests Due January 11, 2019: A support letter from the appropriate state environmental agency is required for USEPA brownfield grant submissions. Click here for instructions on how to request a letter of support.
November 30, 2018
  • U.S. EPA FFY2019 Guidelines for Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grants are now available on the Office of Brownfields and Revitalization webpage. Grant submissions are due by January 31, 2019 through www.grants.gov.

    • A national guidelines webinar hosted by USEPA is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th at 2pm EST. Participants can join at https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/fy19_mac/ and/or dial into the audio conference line at 1-866-299-3188/202-566-1817. No registration is required. If you miss the webinar, it will be recorded and posted on the website above.
    • Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) will also host a webinar in December. Registration information will be provided once available.
    • A support letter from the appropriate state environmental agency is required for grant submissions. Click here for instructions on how to request a letter of support from Ohio EPA.
May 9, 2018
  • Seats are filling up for the Ohio Brownfield Revitalization Workshop, June 13th in Zanesville.
    The Workshop is free to attend but registration is required – click here to Register Now. The workshop also includes an optional walking tour or bus tour of Zanesville’s revitalization projects. Click here to download a copy of the workshop Agenda and Session Descriptions.
April 25, 2018
April 20, 2018
  • Ohio Brownfield Revitalization Workshop, June 13th in Zanesville
    Ohio EPA in partnership with USEPA and TAB, is hosting a free Brownfield Revitalization Workshop. The workshop includes a variety of presenters discussing revitalization resources along with a walking tour and one-on-one Redevelopment Sessions with communities. Please visit our registration page for more information.
April 19, 2018
April 18, 2018
  • CDFA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program
    If you are interested in learning more about CDFA's Brownfields Technical Assistance Program, join us for a free webinar on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern. Learn about how you can take advantage of this free technical assistance for your project! For more information and how to register, visit https://www.cdfabrownfields.org/cdfa/cdfaweb.nsf/pages/brownfields-webinars.html.
April 10, 2018
  • KSU TAB: Free Webinar on the 2018 BUILD Act, May 9th 2:00pm Eastern,
    A free National TAB webinar on Wednesday, May 9 at 2PM (EST) about how the BUILD Act will improve the national brownfields program and support community brownfields revitalization. The webinar will feature officials from U.S. EPA, a local community, national brownfield experts, and the coordinator of the National Brownfields Coalition. Visit the event webpage to get more information about this May 9 BUILD Act webinar.
February 28, 2018
October 27, 2017
October 5, 2017
  • U.S. EPA FFY2018 Brownfield Grant Guidelines require each grant applicant to include a State Support Letter. Click here for instructions on how to obtain a State Support Letter from OHIO EPA
October 4, 2017
September 20, 2017
  • Seats are still available for the Brownfield Workshops in Mt. Vernon. Join us on September 27th for a brownfields funding workshop and on September 28th for a special grant writing workshop. Our partners U.S. EPA and Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) at Kansas State University will review how the U.S. EPA brownfields grant process works and tips to writing a compelling grant application. The workshops are free to attend however pre-registration is required for each day. To register, please visit TAB’s website.
September 5, 2017
August 24, 2017
  • Save the Date! On September 27th and 28th, Ohio EPA in partnership with U.S. EPA and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University will host a two-day brownfield workshop in Mt. Vernon. The first day will cover brownfield funding programs and how to put them to work for your community. The second day will include a hands-on grant writing workshop to prepare for the U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant competition this Fall. This is a free workshop but pre-registration will be required as seating is limited. Look for our announcement about registration coming soon!
August 23, 2017
  • The 2017 national brownfield conference is approaching quickly - December 5th-7th in Pittsburgh, PA. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn, network and explore! Seven tracks of educational programming, 10 mobile workshops, a poster competition, design charrette and new to the Economic Redevelopment Forum - Shark Bait! For more information and to register, visit the conference webpage
May 17, 2017
  • Ohio EPA and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University will be co-hosting a free webinar on grant writing strategies for U.S. EPA brownfields funding. This will be an introductory course with content focused toward communities and their grant writers interested in applying or re-applying for a U.S. EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant, Revolving Loan Fund Grant, or Cleanup Grant this fall. The event is free however registration is required. When: May 24, 2017, 2:30PM – 4:00PM EST Please visit TAB's webpage for more information and how to register: https://www.ksutab.org/education/webinars/
October 18, 2016
March 10, 2016
  • Need assistance meeting eligibility criteria for the Abandoned Gas Station program? See how the Targeted Brownfield Assessment Program can help. Click here for more information.
March 9, 2016
  • The Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Program first funding round is now open. Applications for funding are due by April 1, 2016. Program information and an online application are available at https://development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_agsc.htm.
February 4, 2016
  • The webpage for Ohio Development Services Agency’s Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Program is now available at https://www.development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_agsc.htm. On the webpage you will find program guidelines and resources to determine your site’s eligibility. ODSA anticipates the online application will be available on the webpage in mid- to late February.
November 13, 2015
  • The 2015 Winter SABR News edition is now available. Topics include: Stark County Port Authority - Former Alliance Community Hospital Project, Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant, Federal Grant Opportunities, Piqua Brownfield Funding Workshop, Interested Party Review - VAP Draft Rules, CP Annual Training, and Courses Approved for PDHUs.
October 21, 2015
  • USEPA has Announced their request for Proposals for their 2016 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grants and on October 20 posted the grant proposal guidelines.

    Instructions to request and receive a state support letter for a grant proposal (required for all grant proposals) from Ohio EPA can be found here
September 15, 2015
  • The Call for Presentations for the 2016 Ohio Brownfield Conference is now open. Submittals must be received no later than November 30, 2015. The 2016 Ohio Brownfield Conference will be at Hilton Columbus/Polaris on April 6-7, 2016.
August 5, 2015
  • The 2015 Summer SABR News is now available. Topics included in this issue: Former Queen City Barrel Property on the Market, Voluntary Action Program - Minor Rule Changes, CP Summer Coffee Recap and Upcoming Annual Training, Ohio Brownfields Conference 2016 Update: Dates and Location Set, and more!
October 20, 2014
  • U.S. EPA is opening their FY2015 Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grant round by the end of October. If you are submitting an application/proposal for one of these grants you will need a State Support Letter. Instructions on how to obtain a State Support Letter can be found here.
August 1, 2014
April 8, 2014
  • View the new Community Brownfield Funding Resources webpage. This webpage provides a list of various sources of assistance available to communities for assessment, remediating, and redeveloping brownfield sites.
January 27, 2014
  • Effective January 22, 2014, ALS Environmental (CL0022) of Cincinnati, Ohio received certification for the analysis of Mercury on soil vapor and air. Please contact ALS Environmental for more information.
February 18, 2014
  • View the latest pre-approved courses, webinars, and archived webinars for PDHU credits!
November 21, 2013
November 14, 2013
September 6, 2013
October 17, 2013
  • Registration is now open for Exhibitors at the 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference! Click here to see what exhibit booths are open and register.
September 6, 2013
August 16, 2013
  • Submit your presentation proposal for the 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference. Submittals for this Call for Presentations must be received no later than the close of business on November 15, 2013. Presentations submitted after that date will not be considered for the conference.
August 15, 2013
  • Save the Date!  The 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference is scheduled for April 9-10 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. Visit our Ohio Brownfield Conference website for more info!
April 18, 2013
April 12, 2013
  • The Clean Ohio Brownfield Revitalization Fund programs have leveraged over $10.00 of investment per grant dollar through the redevelopment of over 380 former commercial and industrial properties.If you have a project and would like to discuss funding opportunities please contact the JobsOhio Network Partner for your area.
September 3, 2012

How do I get funding or technical assistance for cleaning up a brownfield property?

For information on how to get funding or technical assistance for cleaning up a brownfield property, visit DERR's Grant-Funded Brownfield Assistance web page.

How can I set up a brownfield funding workshop in my region?

For information on how to set up a brownfield funding workshop in your region, visit DERR's State and Federal Brownfield Redevelopment Resources web page.

How can I register my property on the Ohio Brownfield Inventory?

Ohio Brownfield Inventory Application Instructions

A ‘brownfield’ is an abandoned, idled or under-used industrial, commercial or institutional property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by known or potential releases of hazardous substances or petroleum.

Many developers and other investors are interested in identifying brownfield properties in certain locations that they may want to redevelop. This may be for many reasons: proximity to transportation corridors or other infrastructure; expanding an existing business onto a neighboring brownfield or removing blight so that the area can improve economically. There are also several state, federal and private financial and technical assistance incentives for cleanup brownfield properties.

Ohio EPA receives many calls throughout the year about properties on our brownfield list, known as the Ohio Brownfield Inventory. The Brownfield Inventory serves as a good marketing tool for brownfield owners.

It is free to list your property on Ohio’s Brownfield Inventory and you always have the option to remove the property from our Inventory at any time. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to add your property to this popular and heavily referenced inventory.

  1. Complete an Ohio Brownfield Inventory Application form for each “brownfield” property you would like added to the Ohio Brownfield Inventory.
  2. Complete Attachment 1 of the application: “Local Government or Private Entity’s Permission Form.” If the property is not owned by the signatory in Attachment 1, also complete Attachment 2 of the application: “Property Owner’s Permission Form.”
  3. Submit at least two digital (jpeg) photographs (via CD or e-mail) of the property.
  4. If available, submit property location data as an 8.5x11 hardcopy image, which contains a clearly delineated property boundary displayed on top of a high resolution aerial photograph or a USGS 7.5 minute topographic map.
  5. All required information and attachments must be submitted with the application. Submit (via e-mail, fax, or mail) to:
    Dan Tjoelker
    Ohio EPA, DERR, SABR
    P.O. Box 1049
    50 West Town Street, Suite 700
    Columbus, OH 43216-1049
    Phone: (614) 644-3750
    Email: dan.tjoelker@epa.ohio.gov

For more information, visit DERR's Ohio Brownfield Inventory web page.

How do I know what federal, private, state and local brownfields funding or technical assistance may be available for a site in my city or county?

For information on brownfield funding for a site in your city or county, visit DERR's Community Brownfield Funding Resources web page.

Shook, Lisa Ohio Brownfields Manager (614) 644-2295
Anderson, Roxanne Brownfields Coordinator (614) 644-2938
Tjoelker, Dan Lead Brownfield Coordinator (614) 644-3750

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