"Brownfields" are an abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. In 1995, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established its Brownfields Program. Since its inception, the program has grown into a proven, results-oriented program that has changed the way contaminated property is perceived, addressed, and managed.
Through the Brownfields Program, the EPA empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic development to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. The EPA's Brownfields strategies include funding pilot programs and other research efforts, clarifying liability issues, entering into partnerships, conducting outreach activities, developing job training programs, and addressing environmental justice concerns. There are four main goals of the Brownfields Program: protecting the environment, promoting partnerships, strenghthening the marketplace and sustaining reuse.
EPAs investment in the Brownfields Program has resulted in many accomplishments, including leveraging more than $6.5 billion in brownfields cleanup and redevelopment funding from the private and public sectors and creating approximately 25,000 new jobs. EPA's Brownfield Program continues to look to the future by expanding the types of properties it addresses, forming new partnerships, and undertaking new initiatives to help revitalize communities across the nation.
This information has been summarized from the EPA Brownfields Program website.