2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 23:05:45 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Wisconsin "Brownfields Task Force celebrates 15 years"
State Brownfields Task Force celebrates 15 years, legacy as model stakeholder group

January 1, 2014

First created in the state budget as a one-year project to help the governor, legislators and state agencies tackle the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, the Brownfields Study Group recently celebrated 15 years as a state and national model for stakeholder involvement.

The group is comprised of local government officials, academia and representatives from the private sector, and is facilitated by Department of Natural Resources staff.

Brownfields are abandoned or underused properties with real or perceived contamination. Estimates from U.S EPA have put the number of brownfields nationwide at more than 400,000, with Wisconsin home to more than 5,000 brownfield sites.

With an eye toward cleaning up those blighted properties and returning them to the tax rolls, the State Legislature and Gov. Tommy Thompson created the Brownfields Study Group in 1998. The task force was charged with evaluating Wisconsin’s brownfield programs and recommending changes, as well as proposing new financial, policy and liability incentives.


For the entire article, see
http://www.agriview.com/briefs/regional/state-brownfields-task-force- celebrates-years-legacy-as-model-stakeholder/ article_5489d4ae-973e-5da7-a9d8-a237c97c626f.html

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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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