Brownfields

The goal of the Brownfields Team was to develop guidance, technical & regulatory documents and training to facilitate the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites. Working with State Regulatory agencies and other stakeholders, the team was a positive force in ensuring that potentially contaminated sites have a realistic path toward returning them to a productive reuse.

In collaboration with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) the team developed a web-based decision support tool called “Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools – electronic or SMARTe”. SMARTe  is intended to be used by brownfield project stakeholders for overcoming revitalization challenges such as: clarifying public vs. private funding options, community participation, risk management and accessing pertinent state-specific information. SMARTe will provide the analytical tools needed to implement and integrate each decision in the site cleanup and reuse process.

The current SMARTe  provides a wide array of important information and resource tools for the brownfield and redevelopment practitioner. A tutorial is available on the SMARTe website (click on the Resources & Links button above).

In 2008, the team produced a technical and regulatory document called “An Overview of Land Use Control Management Systems (BRNFLD-3)” on the use and long term maintenance of land use controls. Land use controls are often used on sites to address residual contamination that may remain on a property after the implementation of a cleanup effort. As part of this effort to assist states with this issue the team is evaluating existing technologies that can be used to prevent someone from breaching an implemented land use control.  

Other products that have been published by the Brownfields Team and are available for download on this Web site include:

Property Revitalization: Lessons Learned from BRAC and Brownfields (BRNFLD-12). This document provides an overview of existing brownfield and BRAC technologies, tools and processes that can be used alone or together to assist in the redevelopment of former military properties. In addition, it provides documented case studies that detail reuse activities that have taken place at former defense facilities and brownfield sites across the country. These case studies identify effective tools that were used to revitalize these sites and, in turn, the communities the hosted them.

Vapor Intrusion Issues at Brownfield Sites (BRNFLD-1). A background document that was developed to address the emergent issue of vapor intrusion. The issue of vapor intrusion has become a “hot button” issue across the country at many cleanup sites. The document provides an overview of vapor intrusion, the types of contaminants that have vapor intrusion potential, the potential of brownfield sites to have indoor air exposure from vapor intrusion, and the steps that can be taken to mitigate potential exposures.

For questions or additional information, contact itrc@itrcweb.org.