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Community health is an important part of land revitalization. ATSDR works to include health considerations in brownfield redevelopment and land reuse.

ATSDR’s Brownfield / Land Reuse Initiative promotes health, community involvement, partnerships, communication and education.


What is a Brownfield or Land Reuse site?


Brownfield is defined as “a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.” These sites may be eligible to receive funding from the EPA Brownfield Program. (Source: EPA)

Land Reuse sites are defined as "any site formally utilized for commercial and industrial purposes complicated by real or perceived contamination" that has not received funding from the EPA Brownfield Program for redevelopment. (Source: ATSDR)


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