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Protecting Public Health

While Brownfields generally are considered sites that pose no or limited health risks to communities, many have contamination that requires some form of cleanup, cap and engineering or institutional controls that restrict land use to prevent environmental or human exposures. In addition, in many communities, brownfields may have broader health impacts of concern to the community too, including

Communities concerned about any potential impact of brownfields on public health may want to work with their local, state or tribal health agency as part of their brownfield program activities.

Brownfields, Public Health and Health Monitoring (PDF) (4 pp, 1.5M)
EPA 560-F-06-210
July 2006

Improving Public Health in Brownfields Communities-Success Story
Brownfields and Public Health Are Linked in Many Respects (PDF)
(4 pp, 188K)
January 2008


For information on the activities of EPA partners and community organizations working to improve public health as part of brownfields assessment, cleanup and redevelopment, please see the following links:

Design for Brownfield Redevelopment and Land Revitalization

Improving Public Health

Brownfield assessment and cleanup activities protect public health by removing and reducing contaminant exposures and public health threats. Communities may also want to plan how reuse, redevelopment and land revitalization can improve public health. Design choices that create or expand parks, bike trails or recreational areas can improve the environment and increase physical activity or additional of a supermarket or farmer's market can improve access to healthy food where those amenities may not be available. A redevelopment plan that adds a community health center, pharmacy, other healthcare service provider as part of redevelopment can increasing access to health care services in brownfield communities.

Please email comments on this website to:Brownfields-Web-Comments@epamail.epa.gov

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