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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.


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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By awarding grants to those committed to cleaning up and developing brownfield sites, we can start revitalizations that may not otherwise have occurred, and that will bring real benefits to local neighborhoods.
Creating green spaces out of brownfields can complement other types of redevelopment, such as the more typical commercial or industrial, on nearby properties (De Sousa 2006).
Zwingle, principal at SESI Consulting Engineers, Pine Brook, NJ, discusses brownfield reclamation, and why this topic should matter to building owners and facility managers.
The Brownfields Act of 1998 provided financial incentives and liability relief for parties undertaking brownfields cleanup projects.
A Brownfield is any real property which, due to actual or suspected environmental contamination, may le idle, unaccupied, underutilized or unused.
EPA announced 296 new Brownfields grants totaling about $70 million, bringing total funds to $1.
6 million to provide funding for grant recipients to carry out cleanup activities at brownfields sites they own;
based think tank that tracks brownfield trends, said state and federal policy have made once untouchable properties into attractive business propositions for developers and local governments alike.
This bill will take the important step to reauthorize the Brownfields program through 2022.
The tool aims to help workers involved in brownfield redevelopment projects in decisionmaking processes, including assessing community health risks and working with stakeholders.
Even EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a forceful advocate of cutting back federal environmental protection, has voiced support of the brownfields program, calling it "(https://www.