ABAG was created by local governments to meet their planning and research needs related to land use, environmental and water resource protection, disaster resilience, energy efficiency and hazardous waste mitigation, and to provide risk management, financial services and staff training to local counties, cities and towns.
Brownfield sites are properties that are not in use or have not been redeveloped due to possible contamination. Examples of contamination sources include industrial activities, gas stations, dry cleaners, pesticide use, asbestos, lead-based paint, mining operations and fuel storage tanks. Brownfield sites may be privately or publicly owned. EPA’s Brownfields Program is a voluntary, non-enforcement program that provides key support early in property redevelopment. Through technical assistance and “seed” grant funding, EPA helps communities clear contaminated sites for future development, such as affordable housing, commercial buildings, transit oriented development and open space. EPA’s Brownfields Program works to make a visible difference in communities, especially those that are underserved, overburdened and economically distressed.
- ABAG Presentation – Part 1 (Pages 1-10)
- ABAG Presentation – Part 2 (Pages 11-20)
- EPA Presentation on Bay Area Brownfields