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Best Management Practices for Targeted Brownfields Assessments
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A new combined one day class, Best Management Practices for Site Assessment, Site Remediation, and Green Remediation Footprint Reduction, now covers this topic.  For future offerings please visit the following link:

Best management practices (BMPs) encompass strategies, tools, and technologies that can be used at every phase of Brownfields site cleanup from initial planning to site reuse. These BMPs can reduce cost, schedule, and uncertainty by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of remedial strategies and monitoring activities that comprise Brownfields site cleanup.

The Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) phases of a Brownfields redevelopment project are subject to significant uncertainties and other influences that can effect the successful execution and results of the project. The U.S. EPA has developed BMPs to ensure TBAs are designed and performed effectively to support successful remedial decisions and outcomes.

TBAs are more effective if they are executed using a series of integrated BMPs, including: conceptual site models (CSM), systematic project planning (SPP), dynamic work strategies (DWS), and real-time measurement technologies. These BMPs draw on science and technology advancements and practitioner experience to develop strategies for making TBAs more scientifically-defensible, resource-effective, adaptive to changing project needs, and responsive to stakeholder concerns. Applied to new or active projects, the BMPs can be used to significantly reduce data collection costs, expedite project schedules, enhance stakeholder communication, and improve project and site decision quality.

TBA projects are framed in the context of a CSM life cycle which is linked to the major stages of environmental cleanup with expected levels of maturity defined to support specific Brownfields project decision needs. Well-constructed CSMs used in the context of robust SPP efforts are highly-effective in driving data gap identification; redevelopment strategies; characterization strategies; sampling plan design; data collection, analysis and management; risk assessment; remedial technology evaluation and selection; and design basis development.

DWS and real-time measurement technologies enable the use of innovative strategies and technologies to collect collaborative data sets and use of field-based decision logic to enable stakeholders to perform real-time decision-making.

The recent authorization of the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation’s (NYCOER) Brownfields program will highlight the benefits of using BMPs at Brownfields sites.

For general information contact Carlos Pachon via e-mail at

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