A “brownfield” property is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Brownfields assessment and redevelopment support economic development and job creation. The program helps moves property toward an end product called “developable property.” Through BH’s program, 22 environmental assessments have been completed. Six clean-up projects have been initiated and completed while over 300 new or retained jobs have been leveraged.
Joe Nowak, USEPA Region 3 Brownfields and Revitalization Branch, has provided a video of the Brownfields Partnerships project. In a correspondence to BHJ and other members of the Partnership, Mr. Nowak says, “The videos are a great example of all the hard efforts being put forth by you & your organizations. [For me, one of the unanticipated rewards was the actual filming of the video itself. Just catching up with everyone at the sites and reliving all the efforts that made/will make these projects a success is something that I’ll always remember. The Brownfields program is just one part of all the efforts that you make to revitalize our neighborhoods.]”
Click here to view a You Tube Video from US EPA featuring Brownfields work in Brooke and Hancock counties.