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Massachusetts Brownfields Programs Celebrate Achievement and Look to the Future

In November, the brownfield program in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary. In the early 1990s, Massachusetts, like many other states, had a long and growing list of contaminated sites that dotted the landscape of our industrial past. These sites represented not only environmental threats, but also lost revenue for communities. This situation was destined for change. To expedite site assessment, remediation and redevelopment of contaminated locations, the Commonwealth partnered with the business community to create the first privatized cleanup program in the country. This allowed licensed environmental consultants to clean up nearly 24,000 contaminated sites since 1993, which averages out to about 1,700 sites per year. For some sites, privatizing clean-up was not enough. The financial and regulatory obstacles to redevelopment were still too great. The 1998 Brownfields Act addressed these roadblocks through programs that solved financial and legal liability issues. A brownfield redevelopment fund…Log In to Read Full Article

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