|Date:||Tue, 4 May 1999 11:07:34 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||EPA's Brownfields Definition|
This is in response to Peter Strauss' message regarding his conversation with Kristen Yount: EPA defines brownfields as abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. The guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilots specifically state that funds may not be used for activities at any sites listed or proposed to be listed on the NPL or any areas undergoing a RCRA corrective action. Brownfields assessment pilot funds may not be used for assessment, identification, characterization, or cleanup planning at sites contaminated by petroleum products. Therefore, under EPA's Brownfields guidelines, sites that are listed or proposed to be listed on the NPL, those undergoing a RCRA corrective action, and those contaminated solely by petroleum products are excluded from EPA's definition of brownfields. I wanted to clear up the confusion over EPA's definition because I have been reading so many different interpretations.
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