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Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center


The GLEFC was asked by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Region 5 brownfields staff to provide an assessment of the viability and implementation of the Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (BCRLF) by the 12 pilot award recipients in the Region. The purpose of this report is to evaluate the administrative performance of the BCRLF at the 6-state regional level. It should be stressed that this is not an evaluation of the performance of individual pilots. This assessment was intended to be a “snapshot” of the pilot community’s implementation of the BCRLF, and the site visits were all made in conjunction with EPA’s pilot management staff. The GLEFC team of Kirstin Toth, Project Manager and Adina Wolf, Research Associate, led the discussions of how best to spur activity in the loan product, and what conclusions could be made about the program to increase its effectiveness. Donald T. Iannone, the former GLEFC Executive Director, served as a consulting advisor to the project.