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 Abstract

  Environmental Risk Assessment/Communication Tools for Revitalization of Potentially Contaminated Sites (EPA/600/C-04/099) October 2003

Redevelopment of contaminated sites is often more difficult than development of greenfields. Apart from the lower cost of land in rural areas, redevelopment is still seen as a rather complex time- and cost-consuming process. In addition, the potential for contamination and, therefore, the potential for risks related to human health and the environment can cause many local governments and investors to develop greenfields instead of considering redevelopment in order to avoid not only time and cost issues, but liability concerns as well.

To encourage redevelopment, it is important that practical strategies and tools be developed and promoted in environmental risk assessment, management, and communication. Many such items are already available for the management of contaminated sites, but they must be adapted and modified to the special task of redeveloping potentially contaminated sites.

The third joint workshop between the U.S. and Germany was held on October 23 and 24, 2003, in Portland, Oregon. Participants demonstrated and discussed examples of risk assessment, management, and communication strategies. Tools were demonstrated in a small-group exercise at the end of the workshop so participants could apply the information they obtained during the workshop.

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