2000 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: CPEO Moderator <cpeo@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 10:06:06 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
To read the complete press release go to:


WASHINGTON - Saying that "informed decisions are the best decisions,"
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today unveiled a new
application on HUD's website that will help people learn about
environmental matters that affect their communities throughout the U.S.

Need to know if the Environmental Protection Agency is monitoring a site
near a home you want to buy? Or what federal resources can be marshaled to
redevelop an abandoned factory or to protect a wetland in your town? Or
want to know if there are any environmental hazards that your child walks
by on the way to school?

Thanks to HUD E-MAPS, which was created by marrying HUD's Community 2020TM
software to EPA databases, the answers to these and thousands of other
questions are now just a few mouse clicks away. [The web address is

The backbone for the application launched today is HUD's Community
2020TMsoftware, a CD-ROM that provides users with more than 600 types of
census data for geographic areas as big as a state or as small as a block.
Developed initially in 1997 as an internal project management tool, the
software has won an Innovations in Government Award from the Ford
Foundation and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

The software provides detailed, site-specific financial, managerial,
demographic and program information for virtually every entitlement or
competitive grant awarded by HUD since 1992. It includes information on
single-family and multi-family housing projects assisted by HUD's Federal
Housing Administration.

Through the use of HUD E-MAPS, people can obtain:

*  Site-specific information about all Superfund sites as well as
descriptions of the laws and regulations governing the Superfund program.
*  A listing and description of Brownfields, which are abandoned, idled or
under-used industrial or commercial facilities where expansion or
redevelopment is limited by real or perceived environmental contamination.
Also included is information about Brownfields Tax Incentive Zones as well
as the locations of its pilot programs. 

*  Reports about air pollution emitted from such sources as electric power
plants, steel mills, factories, universities and others. 

*  Information that tracks which facilities use, manufacture, transport or
release some 650 toxic chemicals, including information about air
emissions, surface-water discharges, releases to land, underground
injections and transfers to off-site locations. 

*  Information about businesses that generate, transport, treat, store and
dispose of hazardous waste, including the status of permits, regulatory
compliance and clean-up activities. 

*  Trend analyses of hazardous waste generation. 

*  Information about which companies have been issued permits to discharge
waste water into the nation's rivers, including expiration date of the
permit, how much a company is permitted to discharge, and how much and what
the company has discharged.

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