Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse is complicated by the presence or perceived presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Examples include abandoned gas stations, dry cleaners, landfills, illegal drug labs, and old industrial, mining, or mill sites.
Idaho has thousands of Brownfields. These often-abandoned sites can create safety and health risks for surrounding residents, blight an area, increase unemployment, and are frequently tax delinquent. At the same time, Brownfields present a tremendous opportunity for developers, investors, and lenders to develop very profitable projects in prime locations.