MSU Extension and the Wayne County Conservation District will offer a webinar on the basics of brownfields.
The session will define brownfields and how to assess if a piece of property might be contaminated. Brownfields are contaminated properties that most developers shy away from because they do not want to incur environmental cleanup liability for the contamination since environmental liability cleanup costs can be in the millions of dollars.
There will also be a discussion of real-life cases where the potential sellers of contaminated properties took great pains (and sometimes their environmental consultants) to masking the presence of environmental contamination.
Purchasing contaminated properties requires hiring both an environmental attorney and an environmental consultant. Brownfields need to be re-developed to make economic use of the land, and there are now brownfield grants offered by the government to re-develop them. It makes common sense to redevelop brownfields because it saves agricultural land and rural areas.