EPA released a draft plan October 14, 2010, to promote development of renewable energy facilities on contaminated lands as part of its “Re-Powering America’s Land Initiative.” The initiative, announced in September 2008, aims to “decrease the amount of green space used for development, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide health and economic benefits to local communities, including job creation.” The draft plan proposes what EPA will do over the next two years to advance the initiative. EPA will accept comments on the draft plan until November 30, 2010.

Proposed activities include (i) developing and expanding resources for use by EPA, states and stakeholders including guidance, case studies and fact sheets; (ii) conducting outreach to different stakeholder groups; (iii) clarifying liability protections; (iv) adding sites to EPA’s mapping tool, including state-tracked contaminated sites; (v) launching a Webinar series about renewable energy on contaminated land; and (vi) seeking opportunities with other federal agencies to site renewable energy projects on potentially contaminated land and mine sites. See EPA Press Release, October 14, 2010.