State Environmental Regulations - Brownfields
It is necessary to also be aware of the state regulations that
may affect any past or present operations at the site being redeveloped.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed partnerships
with states with voluntary cleanup programs through a Memoranda
of Agreement (MOA). The MOA defines the roles and responsibilities
between a state and the EPA with respect to sites being cleaned
up under the state's voluntary cleanup program. Many states have
enacted brownfield legislation that limits liability for those who
did not cause the contamination or would like to purchase and develop
a brownfield site and have incorporated the risk based standards
so that properties can be remediated with a plan for the future
use of that property.
To date, almost all states have enacted brownfield legislation.
The following links will assist communities in assessing or remediating
brownfield sites for some of the States:
Individual counties or township sometimes have their own local
regulations. For instance, a county can be responsible for instituting
a State program. In addition, local municipalities have their own
regulations for fires and building codes. It is necessary to make
sure that the influence of any local program is investigated prior
to project initiation.
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