Brownfields are abandoned pieces of land -- usually in inner city areas or surrounding communities -- that are lightly contaminated from previous industrial use. These sites do not qualify as Superfund toxic waste National Priority sites because they do not pose a serious public health risk to the community. However, because of the stigma of contamination and legal barriers to redevelopment, businesses do not buy the land and sites remain roped off, unproductive and vacant. Additionally, by redeveloping abandoned industrial property, "green" areas outside the city will be preserved.

Beginning in November 1993, the Clinton Administration has taken a series of actions to clean up and redevelop brownfields to return them to productive use in these communities:

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