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Overcoming Inertia 1993 is a natural spot to end Part I of our history of brownfields. The stage was set as political, social and economic forces aligned to bring about environmental change. Prior to 1993 the market was mainly reacting to events, but that era of reaction to environmental events was ending, and the brownfield era was about to begin. As a result of the painful lessons learned at Love Canal and in the litigation that arose from Superfund, poor communications developed among government, business and the community, which created great mistrust. Gradually the environmental wounds began to heal and the parties started to realize that by working together they could achieve better results than by using the courts to force environmental action. The events that gave birth to an industry during the ’70s and ’80s became fulcrums for action in the early ’90s as Congress, federal, state and local…Log In to Read Full Article

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