Brownfields: Asbestos, & Vermiculite
The City of Spokane Brownfields Program is a program that assists City Departments and qualified private individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to assess and cleanup contaminated sites, or Brownfields. Some of the same assistance for Brownfields is also available to sites that are contaminated with Asbestos and/or Vermiculite (the insulation). Assisting in cleaning up sites achieves greater use of existing land, revitalizes neighborhoods, and drives economic development. Brownfield development is one of the key strategies for the City’s Economic Development Strategy. More info.
What’s a Brownfield?
A brownfield is a property wherein its expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant, including Asbestos and Vermiculite. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. and more than 2,200 in Washington. These often abandoned sites can create safety and health risks to surrounding residents, increase unemployment, and are frequently tax delinquent.