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Economic Development

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Brownfields are abandoned, unused, or underused properties where redevelopment is hindered due to known or suspected contamination. Examples of brownfields can include anything from a former industrial site to an empty building with asbestos, lead and other hazardous materials.

Although brownfields are often considered problem properties, they can be redeveloped and turned into opportunities to clean up the environment, boost the local economy, and build a stronger community.

To help facilitate redevelopment of these properties, the state's Brownfield Program provides a full spectrum of resources and services to local officials, nonprofit ​groups, property owners, private developers, and other stakeholders. These services not only help overcome ​redevelopment barriers, they ​​​​help ensure environmental justice for ​underserved ​communities.


Brownfield Liability Relief Program​

Brownfield redevelopment is often hindered by concerns over legal liability for pre-existing environmental conditions. In an effort to address these concerns, the Kentucky legislature passed the Brownfield Property Redevelopment and Reuse Law (KRS 224.1-415) in 2012. This program provides qualifying property owners and qualifying prospective property owners with documentation that they will not be liable for investigating and remediating pre-existing contamination they did not cause or contribute to. 

Brownfield Redevelopment ​Regulations

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