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For information on brownfields, contact:
Michael Prager
Remediation & Redevelopment Program
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Brownfields: redeveloping contaminated property

Brownfields are abandoned, idle or underused commercial or industrial properties, where the expansion or redevelopment is hindered by real or perceived contamination. Brownfields vary in size, location, age, and past use - they can be anything from a five-hundred acre automobile assembly plant to a small, abandoned corner gas station.

At the national, state and local levels, the interest in cleaning up and returning brownfields to productive use has transformed this environmental issue into a major public policy initiative. In Wisconsin, there are an estimated 10,000 brownfields, of which 1,500 are believed to be tax delinquent.

These properties present public health, economic, environmental and social challenges to the rural and urban communities in which they are located.

Wisconsin DNR and brownfields

The DNR's Remediation and Redevelopment program has a wide range of financial and liability tools available to assist local governments, businesses, lenders and others to clean up and redevelop brownfields in Wisconsin. Staff in the DNR's Madison office and regional offices around the state are available to meet with community leaders, bankers, developers and private individuals to discuss their brownfield projects.

For more information on the basics of brownfields redevelopment, see: Brownfields Redevelopment in Wisconsin: Essential steps and resources for successful redevelopment of brownfields (RR-933) [PDF].

Federal brownfields information & policy

For information on federal brownfields programs and policies, visit the EPA Brownfields page [exit DNR]. Other Resources include:

Last revised: Tuesday September 16 2014