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Reseeding the Turf

It’s easy to take state-level brownfields reform efforts for granted. Inside the Beltway and elsewhere, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002 and EPA brownfields programs often monopolize conversations about government’s role in the redevelopment of contaminated properties. The specter of federal liability that the 2002 legislation addresses and the amount of federal funding available for assessment and cleanup means that decisions in Washington, D.C. directly and indirectly shape all kinds of possibilities at brownfields in all parts of the country. Yet, for nearly a decade, states in the Midwest and elsewhere have been stimulating their own markets for contaminated sites through a variety of innovative voluntary cleanup and brownfield programs. Understanding the factors that have driven innovation in state brownfield programs can help illuminate what is needed to develop more effective brownfield policy. Our recently completed study on the evolution of Wisconsin’s programs on contaminated…Log In to Read Full Article

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