Potential Illinois landowners have been fearful of redeveloping urban industrial area since the advent of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act ("CERCLA"). Landowners feared the astronomical cleanup liability associated with purchasing contaminated property as well as the vigor in which the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency enforced such cleanup. However, this fear has now been abated to a degree, with Governor Edgar signing into law the Illinois Brownflelds program. This article explores the need for such a program, and proceeds to analyze the program's objectives and application. The article ends by appreciating that there will be an experimental stage to this program and that the regulated community should pay close attention to possibilities of this program.
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Rieser, David L.
"Brownfields Bill Promotes Sweeping Changes,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 16:
3, Article 1.
David L. Rieser, Brownfields Bill Promotes Sweeping Changes, 16 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 621 (1996).