1999 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Tony Chenhansa <cpeo@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 14:08:59 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Using the Brownfields Internet Forum
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Brownfields Internet Forum. The purpose of this newsgroup is to provide a
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surrounding brownfields, including related subjects such as Superfund,
sprawl, open space, and environmental justice. This newsgroup is designed
as a public forum for people to express their opinions, post information,
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Brownfields Basics

What are Brownfields?

Answer: When discussing brownfields most newsgroup participants will use
the Environmental Protection Agency's definition of Brownfields, which is
"abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where
expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived
environmental contamination." These are not limited to properties being
addressed through the brownfields programs of EPA and other federal
agencies. They may include petroleum-only sites, Superfund sites, and
federal facilities, even though those do not qualify for EPA's brownfields

Typically, brownfields projects are financed by local agencies,
non-profits, or the private sector. Land use is governed by local
governments. State or tribal regulators oversee cleanup.

How many are there?

Answer: The US General Accounting Office estimates the number of
contaminated sites to be about 450,000 nationally, which also includes
abandoned and/or underutilized warehouses, gas stations, and factories.

Who are "stakeholders"?

Answer: Stakeholders generally refer to anyone with a "stake" in a property
or project. They include residents, property owners, developers, bankers,
local government officials, environmental regulators, etc. We use the term
"public stakeholders" to refer to members of communities in which
brownfields are located - that is, people who normally live, work, study,
or play on or near the brownfields property.

What is the US EPA Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative?

Answer: The mission of the Brownfields Initiative, which was started in
1995, is to "  empower States, communities, and other stakeholders in
economic development to work together in a timely manner to prevent,
assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields." Some Projects
and Initiative programs are the Assessment Pilots, Showcase Communities,
the Revolving Loan Fund, National Conferences, and the Job Training
Initiative. For more information about
EPA's programs visit http://www.epa.gov/brownfields.

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