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  • Tailoring the Carrot: Making Cleanups Work for Redevelopment

    Wednesday, December 11, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    West Hall A – Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    State brownfields cleanup programs are designed to promote cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties by approving qualifying purchasers’ cleanup plans in exchange for environmental liability protection; many state programs allow the developers to only manage risk exposure through institutional controls or conduct limited remediation. However, regulators only have partial data to help them understand the decision factors influencing developers and other entities that clean up brownfields/contaminated properties. This lack of insight has the potential to hinder the environmental and economic success of state redevelopment incentive and cleanup programs. KDEP and EPA are partnering to develop the use of social science to identify approaches used by developers of brownfields and to quantify the long-term economic and societal benefits of the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties. Better quantifying the long-term impacts of various extents of cleanup on investment-returns, quality-of-life in affected neighborhoods, etc., and better understanding how liability risks factor into cleanup decisions will allow regulators and local governments to tailor their incentives programs to better promote and facilitate healthy, thriving communities now and in the future.
    Sheri Adkins
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