Hazardous Waste Program
What is a brownfield?
One daunting task of redevelopment is to understand the environmental issues of the properties throughout your community. Many city officials believe they do not have a brownfield. Actually almost all cities have older buildings that contain lead-based-paint or asbestos based building materials or insulation. Depending on the businesses that are located or were formerly located in these buildings or on vacant lots, there may be a variety of petroleum, chemical, or other hazardous material contamination. All of these and more are brownfields.
Some brownfields that may hinder redevelopment of properties are old gas stations, drycleaners, old manufacturing buildings, grain silos and a variety of other types of properties. This leaves cities and communities with abandonded buildings and properties that create eye sores and hinder development of their communities. These scenarios are what the definition of a brownfield is made up of and show why redevelopment of these properties is vital to the health of any community.
A Brownfield is defined as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant." Development and reuse of properties are key to keeping a city prosperous and help promote a growing population.