Brownfield Assessment and Remediation Program

A brownfield is defined as abandoned, idled or under-used real property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by the presence or potential presence of environmental contamination.  

Contamination is defined as waste or products that are improperly handled.  Contamination can be found in:







Visit the Environmental Protection Agency's web site for additional information: 
Brownfields and Land Revitalization



The mission of the EPA’s Brownfield Program is to empower States, communities and other stakeholders that are engaged in Economic Development to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up and reuse brownfield sites.  The program awards up to $200,000 for brownfield assessment activities, up to $1,000,000 per eligible entity for a Revolving Loan Fund, and up to $400,000 for clean up.

Program Goals

The City of Concord's Brownfield Program has identified the following goals:

Identification and characterization of all private properties with environmental issues

Prioritize sites based on clearly defined objectives and ranking criteria

Identify strategies for providing liability protection to aid in redevelopment

Create a community involvement forum

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the process entail? 

The process can be broken down into phases:

1.  Phase 1 (Environmental Site Assessment)

Develop a site history through site inspection, interviews, and database search

2.  Phase 2 (Environmental Site Assessment)

Collect samples of soil and groundwater based on information from Phase

3.  Redevelopment Planning

Evaluate soil and groundwater data and determine what to do based on site end use

How long will the process take?

About 60-90 days. 

What are the benefits of participating in this program?

Benefits for both the property owner and the community include:

  • Increased marketability of the property
  • A clean site
  • Redevelopment of under-utilized property
  • Reduced site development costs due to use of exiting infrastructure
  • Creation of new jobs
  • Increased tax base for the community
  • Improved quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods
  • Federal and state redevelopment incentives (tax credits)

Additional Brownfield Resources: click here

For more information on the Brownfield Program, contact:
Community Development Manager