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Brownfields

What is a brownfield?

Brownfields are real property, where the expansion, redevelopment, or re-use may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and improves and protects the environment.

Since its inception in 1995, EPA's Brownfield Cleanup Program has changed the way contaminated property is perceived, addressed, and managed. As part of its mission to protect human health and the environment, the U.S. EPA is dedicated to revitalizing all types of contaminated land to protective economic and green space use.

How are brownfields supported?

Brownfields grants continue to serve as the foundation of EPA's Brownfields Program. These grants support revitalization efforts by funding environmental assessment, cleanup, and job training activities.

I want to learn more about brownfields in the Buffalo Niagara region.

  • The Buffalo Niagara region has brownfield sites in prime locations.  Review available brownfield sites with these detailed profiles. Download all profiles here, or select individual reports below:


  • The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation offers a searchable database with access to its cleanup site and spill data.

  • Register for the DEC's Division of Environmental Remediation's Contaminated Sites Email Listserv, to receive site-related information and announcements for selected contaminated sites.