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.
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