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PA EPA AND GSA WORK TOGETHER ON BROWNFIELDS

Release Date: 12/05/97
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1997
EPA AND GSA WORK TOGETHER ON BROWNFIELDS

EPA Administrator Carol Browner and the General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator David Barran recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support brownfields assessment and cleanup, community revitalization and economic redevelopment efforts. Brownfields are abandoned, idled or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. On May 13, 1997 the Vice President announced the Brownfields National Partnership, which represents the next phase of the national brownfields redevelopment effort. The Brownfields National Partnership brings together 28 organizations including more than 15 federal agencies to work together to help communities cleanup and revitalize brownfields. The cornerstone of the new Brownfields National Partnership is a coordinated federal response to the communities’ needs. This MOU between EPA and GSA furthers the goals of the Vice President’s initiative by developing a brownfields strategy between the two agencies. As part of this effort, GSA will review and assess federal property holdings to identify potential brownfields development opportunities. Copies can also be requested by calling the RCRA/Superfund Hotline at 1-800-424-9346 or 703-412-9810.


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