Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell addressed more than 250 civic leaders at the 11th annual Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference on Thursday.
The Conference was held at the Lancaster County Convention Center at Penn Square from October 26 to 28, to promote discussion on how to transform communities by recognizing brownfields.
The theme of this year’s conference, “Transforming Communities,” highlighted the success of both DEP’s Land Recycling Program and EPA’s Brownfields Program in transforming communities like Lancaster throughout the Commonwealth.
The conference was hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania.
Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment or reuse are jeopardized due to the presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. Pennsylvania’s approach to brownfields redevelopment has proven to be a national model for transforming abandoned, idled properties into places of economic opportunity.
Visit the 2016 Brownfields Conference webpage to learn more about the Conference.
Click Here to learn more about DEP’s Brownfields Program.
(Photo: Patrick McDonnell and EPA Region III Administrator Shawn Garvin.)