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Cleaning Up New York’s Brownfields

A brownfield site in Hell's Kitchen, New York City.

A brownfield site in Hell's Kitchen, New York City.

Photo courtesy of Adam Kuban

What's at Stake

Thousands of contaminated and abandoned gas stations, factories, other industrial and commercial sites are poisoning the air, land, and water for communities across New York.

Case Overview

Thousands of contaminated and abandoned gas stations, factories, other industrial and commercial sites are poisoning the air, land, and water for communities across New York. The state adopted regulations that fell far short of the landmark law passed in 2003 to clean up many of these brownfields.

In February 2008, the court ruled that contaminated sites must be cleaned up to the statutory cleanup objectives, not simply to the contaminated background levels at the site.

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