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OSHA Brownfield Site Fact Sheet


Brownfield Sites

In general, a “Brownfield site”, as defined in the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (SBLRBR), is real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Brownfield sites are generally not highly contaminated, however, the types and levels of contaminants present can vary considerably. When contaminants are present, they may be located in surface soil, buildings, containers (drums, underground tanks), subsurface soil, and groundwater aquifers. The types of contaminants present will depends on the industry or commercial facility that previously operated on the site. In addition to chemical exposure, the potential hazards at a Brownfield site may resemble those found on a construction site.


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