Almost every Canadian municipality is home to a brownfield site. A brownfield is an abandoned, vacant, derelict or underutilized commercial, industrial or institutional property where past actions have resulted in actual or perceived contamination or threat to public health and safety and where there is active potential for redevelopment.
Because brownfield sites are often contaminated, they tend to be undervalued and underused. Once contamination is dealt with, municipalities gain valuable land that can be used for a wide variety of activities. The cleanup of a contaminated brownfield site is called "remediation."
Find out how your community can bring these valuable properties back into productive use and increase revenues, manage environmental risk, improve public health and revitalize neighbourhoods.
Sustainable remediation involves considering the full picture when making decisions about brownfield remediation projects.
Learn about the benefits of incorporating sustainable approaches in site remediation and risk management activities.
You can use various techniques to find out whether a suspected brownfield site contains contaminated soil or groundwater.
Any technique that remediates or manages the risk of contamination at a site has an environmental benefit as it eliminates or reduces exposure to contaminants.
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