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Understanding Brownfields

What might brownfields look like in your community? What you can do about them?

The following fact sheets provide a simple and visual introduction to brownfields, including:

  • where they may be found; 
  • frequently reported contaminants and ways exposures may occur; 
  • common cleanup methods; and,
  • future reuses of cleaned brownfields. 

These fact sheets can support the outreach efforts of community organizations and local leaders to identify, address, and clean up brownfield sites so they can be safely reused in ways that meet community needs and contaminant threats to public health and the environment can be reduced. 

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