brownfield
n. An abandoned, contaminated industrial site.

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"The emphasis of the federal program may need to be shifted slightly to enable the cleanup of hundreds of thousands of 'brownfield' sites. Those areas are not as dangerously polluted as full-fledged Superfund sites and until recently have been brushed aside by the EPA as not of federal interest. Few have been cleared of contamination."
—Editorial, "Needed: Superfund Cleanup," Omaha World-Herald, November 26, 1999

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