Brownfields Revitalization Act is a sensible piece of legislation, one that
emphasizes the need for environmental stewardship all across the
country....Environmental protection and economic growth can go on together."
– President George W. Bush,
remarks before signing the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields
Revitalization Act, January 11, 2002
What Is A Brownfield?
are abandoned, idle, or under-used industrial and commercial properties,
often in urban areas, where expansion or redevelopment is hindered or
complicated by real or perceived environmental conditions. Many areas
across the country that were once used for industrial and commerical
purposes have been abandoned or are underused for their location - some are
also contaminated. Brownfield problems are not limited to large cities with
long histories of heavy industry and large-scale manufacturing activity.
Small towns and villages in Michigan also have properties suspected of
contamination, or old buildings which have become eyesores in need of
demolition. Brownfields present challenges to potential developers, whether
contamination is discovered or suspected.