A brownfield is a property that is contaminated or perceived to be
contaminated, thus complicating redevelopment or expansion on that
property. In order to overcome that barrier, a site assessment must be
performed. In many situations, a site assessment will determine that a
site is not contaminated, and redevelopment plans can easily proceed. In
other situations, contamination may be discovered; before redevelopment
plans can continue, additional site assessment will be necessary to better
understand the extent of the contamination and develop a remediation plan.
In all cases, a site assessment prior to purchase of the property is vital
for obtaining CERCLA liability protection.
Resources are available to assist local government entities and nonprofit
organizations throughout West Virginia with site assessment activities,
including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental
Site Assessments, asbestos inspections, and lead-based paint inspections
at properties that are potentially contaminated by hazardous materials or