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C283
Characterizing Brownfields

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

The US EPA defines a brownfield industrial site as one which is abandoned, idle or under-used where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Concerns may be the result of liability, cost, or potential health risks. As a result of businesses seeking “greenfields”, communities are burdened with environmental contamination, declining property values, loss of tax revenues and increased unemployment. The US EPA developed a guidance manual on characterizing and cleaning up brownfields. This course is based upon the following US EPA documents:

“Brownfields Handbook: How to Manage Federal Environmental Liability Risks, EPA Document No. EPA 330-B-01-001, November 2002,
“Road Map to Understanding Innovative Technology Options for Brownfields Investigation and Cleanup, Fourth Edition”, EPA Document No. EPA 542-B-05-001, September 2005, and
“Technical Approaches to Characterizing and Cleaning up Brownfield Sites”, EPA Document No. EPA 625-R-00-009, November 2001.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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