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Heavy Metal and Hard Rock: Are They Causing Headaches?

Given a choice between heavy metal and hard rock, which gives you the bigger headache? In case you're wondering, we're talking about soil contamination on brownfields, not loud music. Let's explain more about the emerging solutions to these problem materials. Cleaning up, reinvesting in and reusing brownfields, which may have hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants present, protects human health and the environment. It also improves the appearance of the area and means there is less pressure to develop unspoiled green spaces. Add to this the environmental benefits from the reduction in vehicle miles traveled when development occurs at a brownfield site rather than a greenfield, and economic benefits, including rising property prices nearby, and you have a compelling argument for redevelopment. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S., so there's a lot of opportunity to bring these benefits to a wide range of communities.…Log In to Read Full Article

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