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Department of Transportation
EPA Goal 3: Cleaning Up Communities and
Advancing Sustainable Development
Secretary Slater has pledged the support of the DOT for the Brownfields Initiative through the administration of the Department's financial and technical assistance programs. In communities having brownfield redevelopment plans, the DOT will encourage State and local transportation agencies to develop their improvement programs in concert with site-remediation and redevelopment efforts. The Department will encourage transportation agency sponsors to consider brownfield properties when siting projects as part of the redevelopment efforts. Use of brownfield sites should occur only if those locations are consistent with the purpose and need of the transportation improvement being proposed and the cleanup and liability costs are reasonable when considering the cost and public benefit of the project. Transportation projects can support brownfields redevelopment, not only by using contaminated sites when appropriate, but also by providing access to these areas.
Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or underused industrial and commercial properties where improvement or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived contamination. President Clinton launched the Administration's Brownfields Initiative to empower States, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to assess, remediate, and sustainably reuse brownfield sites. The Initiative will expand the EPA's Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Program to over 300 municipalities by the year 2000, and pledges to increase Federal support by $700 million.
Source(s) of Information
1. DOT: FHWA and FTA Information on the Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative
Related EPA Program(s)
Brownfields are defined as real properties, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse, which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. (There is some statutory exclusion to this definition). The Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, Tribes, local communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to prevent, assess, safely cleanup, and reuse Brownfields.
• Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liabilities Act (CERCLA) as amended by the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (Pub. L.107-118)
• Government Management Reform Act (1990)
• Solid Waste Disposal Act
• Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act
• Annual Appropriations Act