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The New Hampshire Brownfields Program encourages the redevelopment of contaminated properties through a variety of approaches that address the uncertainty and liability concerns associated with brownfields sites. These approaches include: Brownfields Covenant Program, Brownfields Assessment Program, Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund, and NHDES/Grantee Brownfields Partnership. Brownfields sites are defined under the federal brownfields law, known as the Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002 as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."

NHDES’s Brownfields Program is primarily funded via an annual US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields State Response Program Grant to establish and enhance NHDES’s state response program for addressing contaminated properties. The cooperative agreement for this grant requires NHDES to maintain a public record regarding the work completed under this grant and program accomplishments. These public reporting requirements are met by the reporting available in OneStop (under the Technical Assistance Link on our Brownfields Home Page) and in the links, documents and tables provided under our Publications Link (Brownfields Public Reporting sub-category).

NHDES’s public reporting requirements include maintenance of a table of Active Brownfields Sites and Closed Brownfields Sites.

Active Brownfields Sites are sites contained in the contaminated sites inventory that meet the definition of a brownfields site under the federal Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002. Sites identified as "active" denote that they are not yet cleaned up, even though there may be little or no current activity or progress being made. Closed Brownfields Sites are sites contained in the contaminated sites inventory that have been cleaned up and brought to resolution under the site cleanup program, and have participated in one or more NHDES brownfields initiatives or generally meet the definition of a brownfields site. NHDES's brownfields initiatives include the NH Brownfields Covenant Program, the Brownfields Assessment program, and the NH Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund.

NHDES is also required to maintain a listing of sites contained in the contaminated sites inventory that have had a response action completed during the past grant cycle, or are anticipated to have a response action completed in the current grant cycle. "Response actions" include the implementation of a remedial action (cleanup) plan or a component of a remedial action plan. Examples of such work would include removal of waste containers or tanks, soil excavation and removal, groundwater remediation, first-time issuance of a groundwater management permit for long term monitoring, and institution of activity and use restrictions at a site.

Brownfields Public Record
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Pursuant to NHDES’ annual State Response Program grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency, NHDES is required to maintain a public record system. Specifically, NHDES maintains and updates a public record that includes: 1) the name and location of sites in which response actions have been completed during the previous year; and 2) the name and location of sites at which response actions are anticipated in the next year.



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