Brownfields

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

  • Dry Cleaners

  • Former Gas Stations

  • Landfills

  • Illicit dumpsites

  • Industrial Properties

  • Abandoned buildings

  • Junk Yards

  • Vacant Properties

  • 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.

 

Helpful Links

 

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

    404-562-8425

 

Georgia EPD Brownfield Program home page

 

 

Stay tuned for announcements concerning meetings or events related to our regional brownfield program.

 

GMRC Lunch and Learn Presentation – Brownfields (pdf)

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