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Leveling the Playing Field for Brownfields — An Owner's Perspective

I attended the EPA Brownfield Conference in Portland, Oregon. Over 4,000 people were in attendance, or roughly four times the number who participated in the initial EPA brownfield conference held in Pittsburgh in 1996. I suppose one could conclude that Portland’s location is a better draw, but that would not do justice to the obvious momentum the brownfield movement has gained over the past several years. EPA’s Brownfield Program, simply put, has four main goals: 1, protect the environment: 2, promote partnerships: 3, strengthen the marketplace; and 4, create sustainable reuse. One would be hard pressed to argue that these are unworthy goals, especially if saving valuable green space, creating jobs, and generating tax revenues can be achieved in the same communities these former industrial sites are located. Probably the most familiar mark of the EPA’s Brownfield initiative has been the Brownfield Pilot grant program, whereby the EPA provides grant…Log In to Read Full Article

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