Encouraging development of environmentally challenged real estate — brownfields — is usually the task of state agencies. In New Jersey the Office of Smart Growth; the Economic Development Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection all offer programs intended to encourage redevelopment of brownfields. However, states are struggling to fund and support their brownfield programs and funds for outreach to potential developers and their allied professionals are in short supply.
As a result USEPA’s recent “Federal Programs Guide” is a welcome reminder of the federal resources that may be available to assist brownfield redevelopment projects. This comprehensive guidebook provides an agency-by-agency survey of brownfield-related initiatives. EPA’s guidebook also presents a valuable primer on tax credits and favorable tax treatment for brownfield remediation.