Brownfields are "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant." Brownfields blight communities across the country, inhibiting economic development and contaminating the environment.
Brownfield sites include:
By cleaning up these properties, local governments can protect the environment, spur economic growth, and create jobs.
The City of Kansas City, KS founded in 1868 and incorporated in 1872, is located in a metropolitan area and is the third largest city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, a region of over two million people.
Information is needed to identify if a property is a brownfields. Commonly, properties with commercial history do not require environmental cleanup.
Site assessment funding to determine the nature and extent of contamination is available on a competitive basis for strategic brownfields sites.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act and amendments (CERCLA/Superfund) provide that the responsibility of correcting past environmental problems can fall to a current owner or new buyer.
Frequently asked questions about the Brownfields Program.
Community opinion and involvement is vital to the success of Brownfields restoration. The EPA Brownfields grant must engage as many members of the community as possible to be successful.
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS (UG) has secured a Brownfields Assessment Grant from the EPA To address the issue of brownfields in the community and leverage resources.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program has grown into a proven, results-oriented program that has changed the way contaminated (and potentially contaminated) property is perceived, addressed, and managed.
Additional resources for the Brownfields Program.