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

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

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The contents of the Brownfields Road Map publication are available at the links below. Order: EPA 542-R-12-001


The Brownfields Road Map is designed to help non-technical stakeholders understand options for site investigation and cleanup and communicate effectively with technical professionals.

Follow the Road Map

Learn how the Road Map publication and this website correspond to general phases of the site investigation and cleanup process, as illustrated in the road map illustration.

Learn the Basics

Begin here to learn about factors and considerations that affect cleanup and reuse. These “basics” are integral to the cleanup process and the overall success of the brownfields project.

Assess the Site

The site assessment is a crucial step in the brownfields process because the need for any further environmental investigation and cleanup will depend on whether potential environmental concerns are identified.

Investigate the Site

Information collected during the site investigation phase supports future decisions about potential cleanup options and reuse alternatives.

Assess and Select Cleanup Options

The purpose of evaluating various cleanup alternatives is to identify technologies with the capability to meet specific cleanup and reuse objectives.

Design and Implement the Cleanup

Maintaining stakeholder participation during cleanup promotes long-term community acceptance and support of the planned reuse of the brownfields site.


Guide to Contaminants and Technologies

Learn about contaminants typically found at brownfields sites and technologies that are used to investigate and treat them.

Guide to Contaminants and Technologies

Clickable Road Map
Click to view the Road Map illustration

HRSC focus area on CLU-IN

Visit the HRSC website Highlighted as a "spotlight" in the Road Map, HRSC is a new EPA focus area that reflects the state-of-the-science for environmental site characterization. Visit the HRSC website to learn more and to access resources and available support.


The Road Map is not an official guidance document. Rather, it draws on the EPA’s experiences with brownfields sites, as well as Superfund sites, corrective action sites under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and underground storage tank (UST) sites. Specific conditions—such as the nature and extent of contamination, the proposed reuses of the property, the financial resources available, and the level of support from neighboring communities—vary from site to site. Readers of the Road Map are encouraged to explore opportunities to use the best management practices described in the following pages in accordance with applicable regulatory program requirements.

This document provides general information and guidance regarding facilitating reuse of properties. It does not address all information, factors or considerations that may be relevant. This document is not legally binding. The word "should" and other similar terms used in this document are intended as general recommendations or suggestions that might be generally applicable or appropriate and should not be taken as providing legal, technical, financial or other advice regarding a specific situation or set of circumstances. This document may be revised at any time without public notice. Any references to private entities, products or services are strictly for informational purposes and do not constitute an endorsement of that entity, product or service.

This document describes and summarizes statutory provisions, regulatory requirements and policies. The document is not a substitute for these provisions, regulations or policies, nor is it a regulation itself. In the event of a conflict between the discussion in this document and any statute, regulation or policy, this document would not be controlling and cannot be relied on to contradict or argue against any EPA position taken administratively or in court. It does not impose legally binding requirements on the EPA or the regulated community and might not apply to a particular situation based on the specific circumstances. This document does not modify or supersede any existing EPA guidance document or affect the Agency’s enforcement discretion in any way.

How to Submit Comments How to Obtain Additional Copies

The EPA invites comments from members of the brownfields community to help ensure that any future versions of the Road Map meet their needs. Please submit comments to:

Carlos Pachon
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
(703) 603-9904

A printed or hard copy version of this document can be obtained from the following source:

National Service Center for Environmental Publications
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
P.O. Box 42419
Cincinnati, OH 45242-0419
(800) 490-9198 or (513) 489-8190
Fax: (513) 489-8695

When you order the Road Map, please refer to document number EPA 542-R-12-001.

Order: EPA 542-R-12-001

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