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  Converting Limbo Lands to Energy-Generating Stations: Renewable Energy Technologies on Underused, Formerly Contaminated Sites (45 pp, 2.72 MB) (EPA/600/R-08/023) October 2007

This report addresses the potential for using “limbo lands” as sites for renewable energy-generating stations. Limbo lands are considered underused, formerly contaminated sites; they include former Superfund sites, landfills, brownfields, abandoned mine lands, former industrial sites, and certain government installations.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory conducted this study for EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Sustainable Technology Division. The objective of this report, which provides a geographic screening of potential sites, is to evaluate limbo lands that are ready for redevelopment and determine their suitability for renewable energy technologies (RETs).

The report discusses reasons for considering RETs (and which ones) as a redevelopment option on limbo lands, describes the geographic screening process, identifies high-potential limbo land sites for RET redevelopment, includes a discussion of brownfields and abandoned mine lands, and provides conclusions and recommendations.


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