Brownfields Program

Recycling with a Purpose

A "brownfields site" is an abandoned, idled or underused property where the threat of environmental contamination has hindered its redevelopment. The Brownfields Program is the state's effort to break this barrier to the redevelopment of these sites. The Brownfields Property Reuse Act of 1997 [NCGS 130A310.30 et seq.] sets forth DEQ's authority to work with prospective developers to put these brownfields sites back into reuse. 


The North Carolina Brownfields Program has processed more than 600 Brownfield Agreements since the program began in 1997. Many are well-know while most are not. The Brownfields Spotlight will highlight a site that has an interesting background.

To learn more about where brownfields sites are in North Carolina, go to the Brownfields Project Map