An abandoned, idled or underused industrial and commercial property, the reuse or redevelopment of which is complicated by real or perceived contamination. Brownfield sites have received US EPA funding for redevelopment.
From social cohesion to healthy housing to community service access, brownfield redevelopment provides an amazing opportunity to shape a wide range of factors that influence public health," said James Kelly, MS, environmental surveillance and assessment manager for the Minnesota Department of Health, in a news release.
Nearly 15 per cent of all nationally scarce insects are recorded from brownfield sites and there are as many Red Data and nationally scarce invertebrate species associated with brownfield sites as with ancient woodlands.
The Brownfield Incentive Grant is the first in a series of new programs for brownfields, and each will help land owners and developers cleanup contaminated properties and bring them back into productive use.
Murray, along with a number of local and state officials, marked the 10-year anniversary of the state's brownfields legislation yesterday morning by reviewing environmental and economic successes of the past decade and rededicating themselves to the revitalization of contaminated sites across the state.