2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 19:53:27 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Southern New England: "Opportunity Knocks Where Toxins Hide"
Opportunity Knocks Where Toxins Hide
Transforming properties contaminated by decades of industrial and manufacturing use into community assets is no easy task

ecoRI News (RI)
October 30, 2014

The Industrial Revolution left many New England cities and towns with a legacy: manufacturing pollution that turned once-productive, and often pristine, land and water into dumps. This practice of contaminating natural resources and then leaving behind scarred remains, after the offending business went bankrupt or left for greener pastures, continued well into the 20th century.

The result: By the end of the 1980s, thousands of brownfields dotted the southern New England landscape, especially in its core urban areas. Remediating brownfields is a constant battle that pits public health and environmental concerns against cost factors. Clean-up efforts are often interrupted by hidden obstacles, such as underground storage tanks filled with waste oil, and finding the responsible party to pay the price is virtually impossible.


For the entire article, see
http://www.ecori.org/smart-growth/2014/10/30/opportunity-knocks-where- toxins-hide.html


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