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New York State's Brownfields Programs: More, and Less, Than Meets the Eye

August 1998

Citation: ELR 10444

Author: Michael B. Gerrard

Editors' Summary: As the number of brownfields increase, state and federal governments have begun to encourage voluntary efforts to clean up those underused and contaminated properties. This Article examines the status of voluntary brownfields remediation in New York State. It begins by exploring three important New York programs that specifically address voluntary brownfields remediation. The structure, mechanics, and necessary qualifications for each program are described in detail. It then discusses several less prominent New York programs that address site cleanup in New York. The Article concludes with an assessment of New York's brownfields programs and their possibilities for success.

Michael B. Gerrard is a partner in the New York office of Arnold & Porter, an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a former chair of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is general editor of a two-volume work, BROWNFIELDS LAW AND PRACTICE: THE CLEANUP AND REDEVELOPMENT OF CONTAMINATED LAND (Matthew Bender 1998).