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Reforms By Type - Economic Redevelopment

EPA firmly believes that environmental cleanup and economic redevelopment are not mutually exclusive, and has vigorously promoted the redevelopment of previously contaminated properties. By facilitating the transfer of property, removing liability barriers, and providing financial assistance to States and Tribes, EPA has helped restore formerly contaminated sites to beneficial reuse.

Reform 3-9: Delete Clean Parcels from the NPL

EPA will delete portions of sites from the NPL that have been cleaned up and are available for productive use.

Reform 2-4a: Brownfields Pilot Projects

EPA developed Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilots to help empower States, communities, and other stakeholders interested in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to assess, clean up, and reuse brownfields. Grants are awarded by EPA under cooperative agreements to States, cities, towns, counties, and Tribes to foster creative brownfields solutions.

Reform 2-4b: Brownfields Community Outreach

This initiative enhances community involvement in the process of brownfields redevelopment.

Reform 2-4c: Refining CERCLIS

This reform established a process of archiving sites from CERCLIS that no longer need to be tracked.

Reform 2-4d: Clarifying NPL Sites

EPA has issued guidance that authorizes the Regions to identify land parcels on or adjacent to NPL sites that are considered uncontaminated. A similar reform was included in Round 3, Reform 3-9, Delete Clean Parcels from the NPL.

Reform 2-4e: Removing Liability Barriers

EPA identified options to encourage the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, giving prospective purchasers, lenders, and property owners more assurances that acquisition of such property will not also mean acquisition of liability.

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