Brownfield Authority

Alger County Brownfield Authority


"The Brownfields Revitalization Act is a sensible piece of legislation, one that emphasizes the need for environmental stewardship all across the country....Environmental protection and economic growth can go on together."

– President George W. Bush, remarks before signing the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, January 11, 2002

What Is A Brownfield?

Brownfields are abandoned, idle, or under-used industrial and commercial properties, often in urban areas, where
expansion or redevelopment is hindered or complicated by real or perceived environmental conditions. Many areas
across the country that were once used for industrial and commerical purposes have been abandoned or are underused for their location - some are also contaminated. Brownfield problems are not limited to large cities with long histories of heavy industry and large-scale manufacturing activity. Small towns and villages in Michigan also have properties suspected of contamination, or old buildings which have become eyesores in need of demolition. Brownfields present challenges to potential developers, whether contamination is discovered or suspected.