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Brownfield

The designation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for existing facilities or sites that are abandoned, idled, or otherwise underused real property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination that needs to be cleaned up before the site can be used again. Examples are former dry-cleaning establishments and gas stations. The use of brownfields typically reduces land cost by using land that is less desirable. However, lower land costs must be balanced against the cost of any required remediation and possible health risks to residents. The EPA sponsors an initiative to help mitigate these health risks and return the facility or land to renewed use. Many green guidelines and standards provide points for building in brownfield areas.
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The Brownfield Health Indicator tool can be downloaded as a Microsoft Excel file or PDF.
EPA's brownfield program was developed in the mid-1990s to provide incentives for states and companies to voluntarily clean up toxic spills and vacant industrial sites.
So it would appear to be signifi-cant that the Durham University researchers found that local communities with large amounts of brownfield land had poorer health outcomes, including limiting long term illness.
It has to be stated that the meaning of the term brownfield is rather broad.
Some of the greenfield sites are far worse for greenery and wildlife than brownfield because they are insensitively managed.
The environmental conditions of brownfield land can significantly
It was then that I accepted Cyndi Young's invitation to join Brownfield.
The new grant program will make over $9 million in City funds available over the next several years to fund environmental investigations, environmental cleanups, and brownfield planning by community based organizations throughout the City.
The literature suggests that more than economic benefits are available with brownfield redevelopment.
Buildings: Why is it a good idea to reclaim brownfield sites?
More than 1,330 contaminated properties in 225 communities in the state have been the beneficiaries of the state brownfields programs in the past 10 years.
A Brownfield is any real property which, due to actual or suspected environmental contamination, may le idle, unaccupied, underutilized or unused.