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Fact Sheet on Title VI and Brownfields

  1. Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.
  2. None of the Title VI complaints filed with EPA have been related to brownfields redevelopment.
  3. In July 1998, EPA participated in a US Conference of Mayors' Forum on Title VI in Detroit, Michigan. In her letter to the group, EPA Administrator Carol Browner committed to conduct studies to determine whether EPA's Interim Guidance for Investigating Title VI Administrative Complaints Challenging Permits proved to be a barrier to the redevelopment of brownfields.
  4. In June 1999, EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response issued the report entitled "Brownfields Title VI Case Studies."
  5. EPA conducted case studies at seven of its Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilots to determine the relationship between the Title VI and brownfields activities.
  6. The objectives of the case studies included:
  7. The findings of the case studies included:

Learn more about EPA's Brownfields Program.


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