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1. Unused land previously utilized for industrial or other commercial purposes, especially land that is polluted or otherwise contaminated. Municipalities and private businesses sometimes attempt to clean up brownfields and/or find new uses for them.

2. More generally, land no longer in use. The term in this sense is most common the United Kingdom and Australia.
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According to the Environmental Protection Agency,“a brownfield is a property, the expansion,redevelopment,or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance,pollutant,or contaminant.”The EPA's Brownfields program (initiated in 1995) supplies local grants to support revitalization efforts by funding environmental assessment, cleanup,and job-training activities.

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