ATSDR Land Reuse Health Program

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

ATSDR’s Land Reuse Program promotes health, community involvement, partnerships, communication and education.

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Redeveloping Brownfield and Land Reuse Sites to Benefit Communities

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Action Model Toolkit

Learn how to make redevelopment work in your community with this interactive toolkit.

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Brownfields Videos

Watch how communities are becoming healthier through redevelopment

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Brownfield Site Tool

Site screening tool available for free download

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ATSDR Comparison Value Viewer

View health comparison values for chemicals with ATSDRs free Comparison Value Viewer

What is a Brownfield or Land Reuse Site?

The US Congress formalized the definition of brownfields in 2002 through an amendment to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 9601). Under this definition, the term “brownfield site” means real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. There are some exclusions to the definition of “brownfield site”, such as facilities that may be placed or are listed on the National Priorities List (i.e. Superfund sites) or subject to corrective action under the Solid Waste Disposal Act, among others (United States Congress, 2002).

Land Reuse Sites:
ATSDR includes brownfields as a type of land reuse site. Land reuse sites are sites that are slated for redevelopment but may have chemical contamination. In other words, land reuse sites include brownfields plus those sites that are exempted from the 2002 CERCLA amendment, such as Superfund sites.

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Page last reviewed: August 5, 2019