Vicksburg, MS – Brownfield Assessment & Cleanup Grants (2) and MDEQ Brownfield Agreement
PPM was retained by the City of Vicksburg, Mississippi to manage and conduct environmental site assessments under their three-year US EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant. Services provided by PPM to the City under this grant included conducting brownfields inventories, preparing a Generic QAPP, completing site eligibility evaluations, completing Phase I ESAs, preparing SSQAPPs, conducting Phase II ESAs, completing ABCAs, hosting public outreach meetings, and being responsible for EPA reporting, including ACRES database data collection and entry, quarterly reports, semi-annual reports, and annual reports.
A key project under this contract included the former Kuhn Memorial Hospital, a dilapidated structure located in a residential area. PPM assisted the City with navigating the complexities of surveying the extent of asbestos containing materials present in the buildings; preparing plans and specifications for asbestos abatement; soliciting contractor bids; removal of an underground storage tank (UST), disposal of 5,000 gallons of weathered gasoline still remaining in the UST, and demolition of the buildings. PPM also helped the City secure two EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grants for the Kuhn property totaling $400,000. PPM also worked with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to secure pre-approval of up to $500,000 in leveraged funding using the MDA’s Capital Improvement Revolving Loan (CAP Loan) Program. PPM then assisted the City in negotiating a Brownfield Agreement with MDEQ (August 2018) which provided the City with liability protection.