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Brownfields Road Map
Developed by the Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center (BTSC)

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Guide to Contaminants and Technologies

Use this guide to gain a better understanding of the range of technologies that may be appropriate for investigating and remediating contaminants found at typical brownfields sites.

The information is organized by Site Types, Investigation Technologies, and Treatment Technologies, which is cross-referenced by Contaminant Groups. Stakeholders can navigate among various site types, technologies, and contaminants to find information that is relevant to their site.

The information in this guide was obtained from various EPA sources, and is intended to provide general information about brownfields sites. It is not intended to be all inclusive, and detailed information about individual contaminants is not provided (for example, cleanup levels for contaminants). Contaminants and activities associated with common brownfields site types may not be relevant for every site. In addition, investigation and treatment technologies may not be appropriate in all situations. Stakeholders are encouraged to consult EPA or state officials, qualified professionals, and other sources of information when they proceed with redevelopment-related investigation and remediation activities.


Site Types Investigation Technologies Treatment Technologies Contaminant Groups

Which contaminants are associated with typical brownfields sites?

What technologies may be used to investigate contamination?

What technologies may be used to treat contamination?

What types of contamination are found at brownfields sites?

Learn about more than 30 types of brownfields sites (for example, chemical and dye manufacturing sites).

Details are provided for the associated contaminant groups, investigation technologies, and treatment technologies. Links to online resources will help you get more information.

Learn more about site types

Explore technology options for investigating contamination at brownfields sites, including direct sensing tools that collect real-time data.

For each investigation technology, details are provided for associated site types and contaminant groups. Links to online resources will help you get more information.

Learn more about investigation technologies

Review the many treatment technologies for remediating contamination at brownfields sites.

For each treatment technology, details are provided for associated site types and contaminant groups. Links to online resources will help you get more information.

Learn more about treatment technologies

Many chemical contaminants may be present at brownfields sites, so it is helpful to classify types of contaminants into groups. This guide provides details about seven general contaminant groups, including:

  • Specific contaminants
  • Types of sites associated with each contaminant group
  • Technologies to investigate the contaminant group
  • Technologies to treat contaminants in the group

Learn more about contaminant groups






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