|From:||"Barbara Coler" <BColer@dtsc.ca.gov>|
|Date:||Tue, 27 Apr 1999 14:20:01 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Brownfields Statistics -Reply|
There are no data on this. In fact, the estimate is more of a "guesstimate" and is not considered to be valid by states. States do not typically compile lists of brownfields, most state inventories are arranged according to whether a site is a confirmed site or merely suspected of such. Data collection and updating specs are not consistent between states. Also, in some states, such as in CA, other State and numerous local agencies also maintain inventories. The definition of "brownfield" is not universally adopted, e.g, US EPA's definition does not include petroleum release sites which many states do include within their definition. Therefore, there would not be a defensible response to your question. Instead, it is well known that more than 42 states have developed voluntary programs which have addressed a great % of brownfields across the country. Some states have developed specific financing incentives which have facilitated cleanup and reuse. Some have developed programs which provide some liability relief. I suggest emphasizing the programs that have been developed (rather than focusing on numbers) and would strongly suggest that the states have been the primary agencies which facilitate cleanup of brownfields. US EPA is limited to National Priority List sites and some other sites of federal interest, a very limited number of sites. I hope this provides some ideas that may be useful in finalizing your thesis.
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