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 opportunties to clean up the environment, boost the local economy, and build a stronger community. Brownfield redevelopment projects also serve as a catalyst for larger revitalization efforts and support environmental justice goals for ensuring equitable development in underserved communities.
To encourage redevelopment and help finance brownfield projects, the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program provides a full spectrum of resources and services to local officials, property owners, private developers and other stakeholders. Program staff with the Division of Compliance Assistance assist with funding, grant writing, and conducting no-cost assessment services for local governments. In addition to those services, program staff with the Division of Waste's Superfund Branch specialize in liability protections, remediation and site management. For more information or to contact us, please see the Kentucky Brownfield Staff Referral to help identify the staff member that can be of best assistance.
Brownfield Program Services
Brownfields redevelopment is a multi-step process that begins with identifying sites, assessing potential contamination and analyzing samples. After assessments are completed, the focus shifts to cleanup and redevelopment. To be considered for liability protection, the most important step in the process is to conduct an All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI), or Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, before acquiring the property. For more information and to apply for a no-cost site assessment, visit Targeted Brownfield Assessments.