Kansas Brownfields Program

Seth Mettling, State Brownfields Coordinator
Phone: (785) 296-5519    Fax: (785)-559-4262 or (785)-559-4259
Email: Seth.Mettling@ks.gov

1000 SW Jackson, Suite 410
        Topeka, KS 66612-1367

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What are "Brownfields"?

Brownfields are 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. Often the potential liability associated with contamination complicates business development, property transactions, or expansion on these properties.

Redevelopment of brownfields benefits the environment, the community, and industry by restoring underutilized or vacant property for productive use, which can increase property values, increase the local tax base, and create jobs. With Brownfields redevelopment, "green" spaces-both inside and outside of cities-is preserved, public health and safety concerns are mitigated, and community image is improved.

What are the Barriers to Brownfields Redevelopment?

Almost every Kansas city and county, in both rural and urban areas, has brownfields properties. Despite the many advantages to redeveloping these properties, communities, municipalities, and private investors may encounter roadblocks:

  • Unknown environmental conditions or perceived environmental issues
  • Lack of funding for environmental assessments and/or cleanups
  • Concerns over liability
  • Lack of community support
  • Unfavorable neighborhood or market conditions

The Kansas Brownfields Program is here to provide assistance in overcoming these roadblocks and help these properties reach their full potential again. Often, once it can be demonstrated a particular property is viable for redevelopment, communities can then encourage redevelopment activities on these unused properties.

Brownfields Targeted Assessments

In addition to community outreach and technical assistance, the Kansas Brownfields Program, through a federal EPA grant, can conduct Brownfields Targeted Assessments (BTAs) at eligible properties. A BTA includes:

  • Phase I Environmental Assessment - including a background and historical investigation, preliminary site inspection, and asbestos & lead-based paint surveys, conducted in accordance with the ASTM 1527-13 and NESHAP.
  • Phase II Environmental Assessment - including sampling activities to evaluate potential environmental impacts.

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