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Brownfields Site Cleanup

Brownfields are defined by the US EPA as 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. For nearly 20 years, EPA has focused on these properties in the belief that “cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight, and takes development pressures off greenspaces and working lands.”

Once considered prohibitive due to financial considerations and environmental liability, the field of Brownfields redevelopment has matured to the point where contamination is often seen as simply another component of site preparation and reuse. Regulatory flexibility, various federal, state and local tax incentives, grants and loans, and cutting edge assessment and cleanup technologies have facilitated the successful – and profitable – redevelopment of Brownfields.

PBS has the experience to assist clients with all aspects of successful Brownfields redevelopment, beginning with the due diligence Phase I ESA and site investigations that identify environmental issues and help quantify potential cleanup costs. These tasks are performed prior to acquisition of a Brownfield site, or for the owner of a suspected Brownfield site prior to sale. PBS Brownfields specialists can provide the technical assistance clients need for a successful Brownfields project including one of the major obstacles to Brownfields redevelopment, acquiring funding assistance for the project. PBS has helped Brownfield purchasers and owners secure financing through government programs and more unique avenues such as insurance archaeology.

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