Brownfields Program

What is a Brownfield Site?

The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act or U.S. Public Law 107-118 defines a brownfield site as property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.  Brownfields could be former factories, warehouses, gas stations, oil storage facilities, printers, dry cleaners, air strips, landfills, sites containing World War II unexploded ordinances or properties contaminated by the manufacture of illegal drugs.

Benefits of Brownfields Revitalization

Brownfields cleanup, redevelopment and reuse efforts have a variety of public benefits including the protection of public health and the environment, restoration of real properties, increased land values, reduced blight, less development pressure on greenspaces, job creation and increased tax revenues. 

Coalition to Advance the Brownfields Revitalization Process

The Commonwealth Development Authority has partnered and formed a coalition with the Division of Environmental Quality and the Department of Public Lands to advance brownfields revitalization in the CNMI.  To supplement existing brownfields cleanup and assessment grants, CDA seeks to apply for grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to capitalize a CNMI Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support cleanup activities at brownfield sites.

In preparation for the grant application, CDA seeks your feedback on the CNMI Brownfields RLF Survey.

Should you have any questions regarding brownfield sites, please contact the CDA Loan Department, the Site Assessment and Remediation Branch, Division of Environmental Quality or the Real Estate Division, Department of Public Lands.