Greening Brownfields: New EPA Priority

Legal Considerations When Remediating Contaminated Property Through Sustainable Development

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Course Materials

This CLE course will provide guidance to environmental law counsel and companies involved in greening brownfield sites. The panel will review the regulatory drivers of sustainable redevelopment of brownfields, discuss the current trends and opportunities, and examine the legal considerations in greening brownfields.


While redeveloping brownfield sites converts a liability into an asset, the value of that property increases even further if sustainable land use and green building are incorporated into the reclamation of the site.

Through a new category of brownfields grants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is promoting renewable energy development on contaminated lands. The Green Buildings on Brownfields Initiative encourages the use of green building techniques on brownfield properties.

When incorporating sustainable development in brownfield reclamation, counsel must guide client companies to meet the regulatory requirements and to evaluate legal considerations.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental attorneys reviews the regulatory drivers of sustainable redevelopment of brownfields, discusses the current trends and opportunities, and examines the legal considerations in greening brownfields. The panel will also discuss lessons learned from recent case studies.



  1. Regulatory drivers
    1. Federal regulations
    2. State regulations
  2. Trends and opportunities
    1. Financing
    2. Incentives
    3. EPA pilot project and initiatives
    4. State initiatives
  3. Legal considerations in greening a brownfield site
    1. CERCLA requirements
    2. LEED requirements
    3. Contract provisions
    4. Limitation of liability
    5. Insurance coverage
    6. Green building disputes and liabilities issues
  4. Best practices and applying lessons learned from recent case studies


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the key legal considerations when contemplating the clean up of a contaminated site using sustainable development?
  • How can counsel guide companies in leveraging the opportunities offered by greening brownfield sites?
  • For companies and counsel involved in remediating contaminated sites, what best practices and lessons can be learned from recent case studies?


Peter H. Weiner
Peter H. Weiner

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker

He focuses on “brownfields” development, species and wilderness protection, California Environmental...  |  Read More

Nicholas W. Targ
Nicholas W. Targ

Holland & Knight

His practice focuses on complex redevelopment projects and environmental compliance. His work includes strategic legal...  |  Read More

David J. Freeman
David J. Freeman

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker

He focuses on representation of buyers, sellers and developers of Brownfield’s and other contaminated...  |  Read More

Kate Marshall
Kate Marshall
Practice Area Leader, Sustainable Environmental and Energy Resources
SRA International

She leads a wide array of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cross-program and sustainability-oriented projects. She...  |  Read More

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