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WHAT'S BrownField?
Itfs been more than 10 years since this term "brownfields" was first used in the United States. The definition of brownfields may vary depending on the country, since each country has its own sense of land values and land development policy. The followings are the definitions of brownfields, officially used in the U.S. and Europe. Soil contamination problems came to be viewed as social and economical issues as well as environmental issues in Japan. For the last several years, the concept of "brownfields" has gradually been introduced. However, the word has not been defined yet.

Definition in the U.S. iSmall Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Actj
Real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

Definition in EuropeiConcerted Action on Brownfield and Economic Regeneration Network - CABERNETj
Brownfields are sites which:
have been affected by former uses of the site or surrounding land;
are derelict or underused;
are mainly in fully or partly developed urban areas;
require intervention to bring them back to beneficial use; and may have real or perceived contamination problems.
Why is ERS focusing on brownfields?
Soil contamination problems came to be viewed as social issues in Europe and the U.S. earlier than they were in Japan.  Therefore, Europe and the U.S. have rich experience in investigation and measures for site contamination.  But this does not mean that we will go through all the same experiences, since each country/culture has its own sense of land values.  ERS believes that it is worth learning from their knowledge and experience to encourage future urban revitalization in our country, and that it is important to analyze the knowledge thus gained and consider its feasibility.
Activities
1)	E-mail environmental newsletter,brownfields
pdfgBrownfields Newsletter No.1h : 20KB
pdfgBrownfields Newsletter No.2h : 80KB
pdfgBrownfields Newsletter No.3h : 64KB
pdfgBrownfields Newsletter No.4h : 68KB

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2) Essays and Books
 
K. Banno, "Shin Kankyo-gaku (New Environmentology) - Soil Contamination Survey in the U.S.";
@ Nikkei Ecology, pp.70-71 October, 2005, and pp.66-61November, 2005.
K. Banno, "Measures for Asbestos in the U.S."; RMJ No.78, pp.29-33, 2005
Japanese translation of ASTM International Standards Guide E2137-01: "Standard Guide for Estimating Monetary Costs and
@ Liability for Environmental Matters"
Japanese translation of ASTM International Standards Guide E2173-01: "Standard Guide for Disclosure of Environmental
@ Liabilities"
A. Murayama, K. Banno, S. Ishii, T. Kurose and T. Sato, "Toward the Integration of Brownfield Rehabilitation and Planning
@ Methodologies: Case Study of Keihin Industrial Area, Tokyo, Japan", Brownfields 2006 : Third International Conference on
@ Prevention, Assessment, Rehabilitation and Development of Brownfield Sites, 19 - 21 July 2006, Tallinn, Estonia
T. Sato, "Toward the Sustainable Olympic in London", Tosei-shinpo (newspaper in Japanese), 2006

Meetings (in Japan and overseas)
overseas
U.S. Brownfields Conference 2005, Denver, CO.
U.S. Brownfields Conference 2006, Boston, MA.
WIT Brownfields 2006 : Third International Conference on Prevention, Assessment,Rehabilitation and Development of Brownfield
@ Sites, 19-21 July, 2006, Tallinn, Estonia
Environmental Bankers Association (EBA) (twice a year)
RTM Conference (participated since 2005)
5th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, California, The United States
11th Short Course on Contaminated and Hazardous Waste Site Management, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ASTM Training Course: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Seattle, Washington, The United States
2nd International Conference on Managing Urban Land (REVIT & CABERNET), Stuttgart, Germany

in Japan
Japan Society of Urban and Regional Planners (JSURP) Salon Meeting, January 10, 2006 @JSURP Meeting Room
@ Oral presentation by K. Banno, titled gBrownfields in the US; How do they manage the issue?
12th Annual Technical Conference for Geo-Environment Protection: Poster Sessions, Kyoto, Japan
@ pdf (Poster 1: 138KB) The Role of Environmental Professionals in Phase I Site Assessment
@ pdf (Poster 2: 138KB) The Role of Institutional Controls in the Brownfields Rehabilitation Business
@ pdf (Poster 3: 138KB) Importance and Effective Application of Environmental Information Learned from Brownfields Business
@ pdf (Poster 4: 138KB) Discussion on gTriad Approachh
Osaka ATC Green Eco Plaza business networking event No. 17
@ Water and Soil Contamination Countermeasures Research Task Force Seminar
@ -Soil contamination and land dealings-
@ Oral presentation by Banno, titled "Trend in utilization of contaminated lands -cases in the US and best practice-"
Soil and Groundwater Remediation Technology Expo 2006 (Kajima Co. booth)
@ Oral presentation by Banno, titled "Brownfields business" ,Oct 11-13, 2006 @ Tokyo International Exhibition Center "Tokyo Big
@ Sight"
13th Annual Technical Conference for Geo-Environment Protection: Poster Sessions, Kyoto, Japan
@ pdf (Poster 1: 164KB) Discussion on "Expected Value approach" for Estimating Environmental Liabilities
@ pdf (Poster 2: 190KB) Case Study of Risk Management to Prevent Soil Contamination
@ pdf (Poster 3: 315KB) Utilization of Environmental Information held by Public Agencies in Japan
@ pdf (Poster 4: 281KB) Institutional Controls and Prevention of Soil & Groundwater Contaminations Caused by Dry Cleaning Solvents
 

4) Members
Environmental Bankers Association (EBA)
ASTM International E50 Committee
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