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Contaminated Sites/Brownfields

Brownfields to Green: A Proposal for Redevelopment of Brownfields Property for Natural Resource Value

There are many sites in the United States that are blighted or undeveloped because of actual or perceived environmental contamination. Often, these sites are “orphans,” without existing owners having the wherewithal to undertake...

Brownfields Development: From Individual Sites to Smart Growth

Editor's Summary

In recent years, the links between brownfields redevelopment and smart growth have strengthened. EPA cites brownfield rehabilitation as an essential component of smart growth, as site rehabilitation recreates...

Valuation of Impaired Property

Editors' Summary: Determining the value of a parcel of real estate that has been contaminated is a challenge addressed by various disciplines. In this Article, Ronald Throupe, John A. Kilpatrick, Bill Mundy, and Will Spiess focus on the...

Valuation of Impaired Property

Editors' Summary: Determining the value of a parcel of real estate that has been contaminated is a challenge addressed by various disciplines. In this Article, Ronald Throupe, John A. Kilpatrick, Bill Mundy, and Will Spiess focus on the...

Legal Background to Off-Site Contamination

Editor's Summary: The law governing off-site contamination began with common law and has grown to include federal legislation such as Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Oil Pollution Act...

A Case Study of Sustainable Development: Brownfields

By the 1980s, deteriorating hulks of abandoned factories and overgrown vacant lots in many American cities served as notable symbols of urban decline. These sites had earned the label of "brownfields," which the U.S. Environmental...

The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act: Real Relief or Prolonged Pain?

On January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (Act),1 which includes numerous amendments to the Comprehensive Environmental Response...

Voluntary and Brownfields Remediation Programs: An Overview of the Environmental Law Institute's 1998 Research

Editors' Summary: One of the most important legal tools in the effort to remediate the nation's contaminated sites is state law that applies to such cleanups. In 1989, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) conducted a study of this...

Sustainable Redevelopment of Brownfields: Using Institutional Controls to Protect Public Health

Editors' Summary: In this Article, a Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute discusses ways to redevelop brownfields while protecting public health and the environment. His Article explores the various mechanisms for...

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

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...