What is a Brownfield?

A Brownfield site is any land in the United States – generally, an area with abandoned factories or commercial buildings where polluting operations existed – that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. Redevelopment of a brownfield site can only take place after all environmental health risks have been assessed and removed. Living near a brownfield site can greatly decrease the value of your property until the land is redeveloped.

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