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What are Brownfields?

Posted by Library Blog on 02/04/2016 at 02:49 PM

According to the EPA, "a brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant." An example might be an old factory or abandoned business and the EPA estimates that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S.

In 2002, then President Bush signed the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, commonly known as the Brownfields Law which provides funds to assess and clean up these properties.

The newest book display in the library is on Brownfields and the books displayed are only part of the collection of resources highlighted on our website. The collection is also featured on the library’s Pinterest page.

The Environment & Safety Resource Center (Bloomberg BNA) is an excellent source of news, analysis, cases, laws, and regulations related to the topic of Brownfields.

For more information about Brownfields in Rhode Island, see the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management website or check out this factsheet from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For help with your research related to environmental law, stop by the reference desk or email one of the librarians at lawlibraryhelp@rwu.edu.

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