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Before: Roberto Clemente Park Lancaster, Pa.

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After: Roberto Clemente Park Lancaster, Pa.

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EPA's Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse Brownfields.

Land Revitalization
Working in conjunction with government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as external partners, the Land Revitalization Program supports all stages of the land revitalization process. Whether sharing best practices with the public and government employees, supporting assessments of neighborhoods and properties, or working with communities to envision redevelopment of remediated land, EPA provides tools to facilitate successful results.

Cleaning up previously contaminated properties for reuse can help reinvigorate communities, preserve green space, and prevent sprawl. Revitalized land can be used in many ways—from the creation of public parks and the restoration of ecological systems, to the construction of community development projects and the establishment of new businesses.

Learn what EPA Region 3 can do to assist communities, local governments, property owners and developers in their reuse of contaminated properties.

Land that has been previously contaminated and has been remediated may fall under one or more types of federal or state regulations or programs. Learn more about how each program helps support reuse and view success stories by clicking on the links below.

EPA Region 3 helps communities and property owners reuse contaminated sites by:

  1. Offering a variety of grant and loan programs, technical assistance and other EPA funding opportunities to help communities assess and clean up brownfields and ready them for redevelopment. Examples of how brownfields grants have been used to redevelop properties in the mid-Atlantic region are highlighted at Brownfields Success Stories.  

  2. Developing partnerships to facilitate reuse. Region 3's Land Revitalization Action Team is ready to assist buyers and developers in understanding EPA's role in the cleanup of a site and any financial or environmental obligations that remain on the property.   The Guide to Federal Program Resources provides information on over 20 Federal agencies and how they support land revitalization projects.

  3. Encouraging reuse that incorporates sustainable development, green designand ecological enhancements

  4. Measuring the economic and environmental benefits from the reuse of cleaned up sites.

  5. Working to resolve complex, area-wide contamination problems to help revitalize watersheds.

  6. Informing interested parties through EPA Region 3's Brownfields and Land Revitalization e-mail list. Receive periodic announcements and press releases related to the Brownfields program and receive Region 3's quarterly e-newsletter Land Revitalization Update by signing up today.

Brownfield sites are properties where interest in reuse may be complicated by the presence of contamination. EPA provides grants and technical resources to communities to help develop these sites.

Federal Facilities are properties used by United States and federal agencies that may require cleanup.

RCRA sites are operating facilities that require the investigation and cleanup of the contamination.

CERCLA or Superfund sites are uncontrolled or abandoned sites where hazardous substances threaten the public health or the environment.

Underground Storage Tanks sites are properties with leaking underground storage tanks.

State Sites are contaminated sites managed by the Region 3 states (the following links are to external sitesClick here to read the "Exit EPA Website" Disclaimer) of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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