Brownfields: Cleaning and Reusing Contaminated Properties

Brownfields: Cleaning and Reusing Contaminated Properties

by Charles Bartsch, Elizabeth Collaton
     
 

Virtually every city in the nation's older industrial regions, no matter its size, grapples with the challenge of unused or abandoned manufacturing facilities and other industrial sites. Local public officials, economic development practitioners, and site owners who have sought to revitalize fallow industrial properties face daunting challenges: contamination

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Overview

Virtually every city in the nation's older industrial regions, no matter its size, grapples with the challenge of unused or abandoned manufacturing facilities and other industrial sites. Local public officials, economic development practitioners, and site owners who have sought to revitalize fallow industrial properties face daunting challenges: contamination of the buildings, equipment, and surrounding land and water. Public concern about health effects from hazardous chemicals, changing environmental law, and evolving private sector development and financing priorities have made it increasingly difficult for communities to restore and reuse former manufacturing sites. This study, sponsored by the Northeast-Midwest Institute, offers analysis and practical guidance on how these blighted areas—brownfields—have been and can be brought back to life.

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Shows how realigning development priorities can reverse patterns of urban decay and suburban sprawl and invite investment back into existing cities. Contains chapters on the framework of environmental and economic development concerns, and economic and environmental policies governing brownfield cleanup and reuse, and looks at planning, legislative, and marketing aspects of successful projects. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275956561
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES BARTSCH is Senior Policy Analyst for Economic Development at the Northeast-Midwest Institute in Washington, D.C., and is co-author of New Life for Old Buildings (1991).

ELIZABETH COLLATON is Senior Policy Analyst for Pollution Prevention and Waste Reduction at the Northeast-Midwest Institute in Washington, D.C.

Bartsch and Collaton have coauthored Coming Clean for Economic Development: A Resource Book on Environmental Cleanup and Economic Development Opportunities (1995) and Industrial Site Reuse, Contamination, and Urban Redevelopment: Coping with the Challenges of Brownfields (1994).

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