Environmental Protection Agency
Information on the EPA's Brownfields Economic Development Initiative
CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Brownfield Sites in CT
Since its inception in 1995, EPA's Brownfields Program has grown into a proven, results-oriented program that has changed the way contaminated property is perceived, addressed, and managed. EPA's Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.
A brownfield is 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.
MetroCog's Brownfield Remediation program is intended to identify and assess sites throughout the Greater Bridgeport Planning Region that require environmental remediation prior to re-use and redevelopment and provide coordination for remediation.
The program focuses on Brownfield sites in the vicinity of and around existing and potential transit centers and corridors. A spatial analyst tool and database is being developed and will be used to store the Brownfield inventory and facilitate setting priority projects.