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. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.
Examples of potential Brownfield Sites
Former Gas Stations
Mine scarred and adjacent lands
Railyards and adjacent facilities
The GMRC is committed to helping our member communities identify and remediate brownfield properties both to improve environmental conditions and return properties to viable use. We are currently applying for funding assistance through the Environmental Protection Agency to assist with a regional program perform some property assessments and upgrading our inventory of potential sites. If you wish to participate in this effort or are looking for help with guiding property owners through the assessment and remediation process feel free to contact the GMRC Planning Department.
EPA’s Brownfield Program home page
EPA Region 4 Office:
Cindy Nolan Nolan.Cindy@epa.gov
Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-8960
Georgia EPD Brownfield Program home page
GMRC Lunch and Learn Presentation – Brownfields (pdf)