Brownfields Redevelopment Initiative

As of June 25, 2008, the Land Restoration Program has ceased performing Brownfield Assessments for all parties. It is anticipated that this service shall be offered in the future.

Please check back periodically to find the current status.

Brownfields Revitalization Incentive Programs was established in February 1997 as part of Maryland's Smart Growth policy. This program is intended to promote economic development, especially in distressed urban areas, by identifying and redeploying underutilized properties.  Reusing real property makes efficient use of existing infrastructure while providing an alternative to developing open space that contributes to urban sprawl.

With certain legal exclusions and additions, 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.

MDE is continuing the Brownfields Site Assessment Initiative using federal funding to conduct site assessments at private and publicly owned Brownfields sites.  Eligible sites* may receive funding for the purpose of completing a Phase I and Phase II investigation.  These studies are conducted within the purview of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by MDE and Region III of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Therefore, they are acceptable for use as part of a VCP application package.  Since 1996, assessments have been conducted at 67 sites and future assessments will depend on the availability of funds.

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