In November 2010, the US Conference of Mayors released a report titled “Recycling America’s Land, A National Report on Brownfields Redevelopment (1993-2000).” The 2010 report differs from the previous eight reports, since it provides data on the progress of brownfields redevelopment in select urban areas since 1993. The basis for the information provided in the report is data collected via a questionnaire sent to cities participating in the brownfields program. Ninety-nine cities responded to the questionnaire; however, none of the cities were located in West Virginia. It should be noted that the US Conference of Mayors is an organization that represents cities with populations of 30,000 or more. The survey solicited information on the number of brownfield sites, acres of land affected, and benefits of brownfields redevelopment (e.g., jobs created and tax revenue generated). The following significant trends in brownfields redevelopment since 1993 were reported:
- 84 cities have successfully redeveloped brownfields sites since 1993. Of these cities, 65 cities reported they have redeveloped a total of 1,010 brownfields sites encompassing 7,210 acres.
- 70 cities are currently redeveloping 906 brownfields sites encompassing 4,683 acres.
- 50 cities reported that tax revenue of $309 million has been generated from 654 brownfields sites. In addition, 58 cities reported that if their brownfields sites were redeveloped, approximately $872 million to $1.3 billion in additional tax revenues could be collected.
- 54 cities reported that 161,880 jobs (64,730 pre-development/97,150 post-development) were created at 2,118 brownfields sites.
- The cities identified the following most significant programs for redeveloping brownfields sites:
- USEPA site assessment funds.
- Private sector investment.
- USEPA clean-up funds.
- State programs such as Voluntary Clean-up Programs.
This report is very brief and is only 26 pages. The report can be downloaded from https://www.usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/November2010BFreport.pdf.
This article was authored by Greg Tieman, Acacia Environmental Group LLC. For more information on the author see here.