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United States EPA: The EPA website is a good place to start to find official (though basic) information about brownfields, contamination, and brownfields projects. Illinois is within Region 5 of the EPA.

Illinois EPA: The Illinois EPA offers information about state-level programs and funding available for brownfield assessment and clean up.

Illinois UST Program: The Illinois Underground Storage Tank is under the Division of Petroleum and Chemical safety. The division has a registry of over 73,000 tanks in Illinois and keeps track of installations, removals, repair, and abandonments.  

Illinois LUST Program: The Leaking Underground Storage Program oversees the remedial activities after a release from an UST has been reported. Staff reviews adequacy of plans and appropriate remediation objective for each site. The site offers a Google Earth file showing all LUSTs in their system.

Illinois Underground Storage Tank Fund Guide: This website provides information about funds available to remediate sites. In Illinois, a fraction of a cent tax generates money for the UST Fund. Since 1989, the UST fund has paid out over $800 million for remediation.

Northeast Midwest Institute--Brownfields: The Northeast Midwest Institute has a brownfields initiative which offers publications and reports on brownfields policy.

Right to Know Network (RTKNET): - RTKNET is a community watch-dog group that offers a comprehensive portal for federally collected environmental information.




Beck, N., A. Chan, B. Kalra, R. Malloy, H. McPhail, R. Schneider, D. Somers, S. Traxler, X. Wang “New Direction for Vehicle City: A Framework for Brownfield Reuse” University of Michigan, April 2005

Bartsch, C., (2003). The New Federal law on Brownfields: The Small Business liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Washington DC: Northeast Midwest Institute.

Bartsch, C. and Dorfman, B., (2000). Brownfields and Housing: How are State VCPs Encouraging Residential Development? National Association of Homebuilders.

Coffin, S. (2003). Closing the Brownfields Gap: Some Practical Methods for Identifying Brownfields.  Environmental Practice 5, (1) .

Dewar, M. (2004). The Role of Community Development Corporations in Brownfield Redevelopment in Rosalind Greenstein, ed., Recycling the City: The Use and Reuse of Urban Land. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Engel, K. (1997) Brownfield Initiatives and Environmental Justice:, Second Class Clean Ups or Market Based Equity? Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law, 13.

Gute, D. (2006) Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment and Empowering Communities to Participate More Effectively in Environmental Decision-Making. Local Environment. 11, (5).

Meyer, P. (2003). Brownfields and Red Ink: The Costs of Contaminated (and Idle) Land. Environmental Practice 5, (1).

Wernstedt, K. (2007). Community Based Organizations’ Reuse of Vacant, Abandoned and Contaminated Land: Insights from the Denver, Indianapolis, and Portland Experience. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Younts, K. (2003). What are Brownfields? Finding a Conceptual Definition. Environmental Practice 5, (1).