Cleaning Up Brownfield Sites

President Bush has been committed to cleaning up abandoned urban industrial sites, known as "brownfields," and turning them into productive economic sites. These sites can that threaten public health and are a blight on many communities.

The Brownfield Revitalization Act will help states, communities, and tribes clean up these sites, protecting the environment while revitalizing the local economy.
  • Last year, $73 million in grants was awarded for 176 projects in 44 states and tribal communities and overall funding increased from $98 million to $170 million. This year, President Bush has requested $210 million for the program.
  • With revitalization, brownfields are turned into productive businesses, stimulating the local economy through increased tax revenue and jobs.
  • This urban development also reduces sprawl and traffic congestion by limiting the development of suburban and rural open spaces, often called "greenfields."

Since 2001, nearly 1,200 contaminated sites have been cleaned up, a rate much faster than during previous years. This has created over 5,000 new jobs annually and led to new economic investment, key to the economies of urban areas.