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What is a Brownfield?

A Brownfield is defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

The Small Business Liability and Brownfields Revitalization Act was signed into law on January 11, 2002. The Brownfields Law amended the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) by providing funds to assess and cleanup brownfields, clarifying CERCLA liability protections, and providing funds to enhance state and tribal response programs. The Brownfields Law of 2002 also expanded the definition to include mine-scarred lands making these properties eligible for the benefits of the brownfields program.

The State of Alaska is an EPA State Response Program grantee that works with the EPA Brownfields Program to empower communities around our state to assess, cleanup, and sustainably reuse brownfields. Any property contaminated, previously contaminated, or perceived by a community to be contaminated with hazardous substances, including petroleum products, may be eligible for assistance from the State of Alaska or the federal government to support reuse and revitalization efforts. This assistance may include environmental assessment, cleanup, and job training.

Contact DEC Brownfield Staff

Lisa Griswold, Environmental Program Specialist
ADEC Contaminated Sites Program
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Telephone: 907-269-2021
Email Address:

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