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  • Revisiting New Yorks Brownfield Cleanup Program: An Analysis of a Voluntary Cleanup Program That Lost Its Way

    New York State has a strong record of adopting highly effective environmental cleanup programs. Therefore, one may be surprised to learn that New York currently has one of the least effective brownfield cleanup programs in the nation. New Yorkers are paying a steep price for this. Despite anticipated expenditures of well over $1 billion, only forty-four contaminated sites have been cleaned up. Meanwhile, over 10,000 brownfields lie vacant or abandoned throughout the state.