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Remediating Brownfields

There are several paths to remediating a distressed property. The following are key components of the process.

The Steps:

Community Participation - Working with the community from the beginning can save both time and money, expedite the approval process and result in an outcome that has broad public support.

Environmental Assessment
- Before taking care of a problem, the problem must be examined. Assessments range from 1) Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), 2) Phase II ESA, and 3) Remediation Action Workplan (RAW).

Health Effects – Evaluation of human and environmental health, toxicology, epidemiology, and dose response.

Risk Assessment - 1) Risk assessment is a tool to make informed decisions. Health risks are measured by toxicity of pollutant time exposure to the pollutant. 2) Risk management is reducing risks that are unacceptable.

Regulations and Legal Considerations - Local, state and federal laws. See Terminology to learn more about Superfund Law (CERCLA), California DTSC, State Water Board, and RCRA.
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Financing - Financial tools to help municipalities and developers redevelop contaminated lands. In this step you explore all the possible funding sources including loans, grants, tax credits, training funds and funds from local, state and federal sources.

Remediation - Technical solutions to clean up or eliminate problem by either appropriate remediation technologies. 

Redevelopment - This step includes whatever happens to the site once it is cleaned up.

Environmental Insurance- The purpose of an environmental insurance policy is to fill the insurance coverage gaps created by pollution exclusions in liability and property insurance policies. It protects businesses from claims for loss or damage resulting from unexpected releases of pollutant. Because pollution exclusions vary a great deal in property and liability insurance policies, environmental insurance policies vary a great deal as well. Environmental insurance policies cover statutory clean-up requirements, third party claims for bodily injury and property damage, and associated legal expenses, resulting from pollution or contamination events.


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