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Smart Brownfield Redevelopment for the 21st Century
Boston College Law School Environmental Affairs Law Review and Environmental Law Society Annual Fall Symposium

Brownfields are toxic-contaminated real estate parcels. They can be redeveloped for productive use, if done with tender legal care. This symposium explores current legal and industry issues in brownfields redevelopment, from public-private partnerships, to recent case law in the area, to international brownfields remediation. Ten scholars, lawyers, and practitioners from across the country and around the world will present cutting-edge research on these topics. Held in conjunction with EPA’s Brownfields 2006 Conference in Boston, the symposium takes place on November 16, following the conclusion of that event.

When: Thursday, November 16, 2006

Where: Boston College Law School
Lecture Hall 120, East Wing
885 Centre Street, Newton, Massachusetts

This event is FREE OF CHARGE, but registration is earnestly requested.

Please email Christina McDonough at, or call the Environmental Affairs Law Review at (617) 552-4354.

Schedule of Events:
8 a.m. – 11:30: Optional Field Trip to Brook Street Park, Lawrence, MA
From Dump to Park: A Successful Brownfields Redevelopment Site
(Transportation provided between downtown Boston, B.C. Law School, and the Lawrence brownfields site)

12:30 p.m. – 1:45: Brownfields Redevelopment: No Longer a Novel Experiment

Steven Ferrey, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
Landfills Not as Environmental Liabilities, but as Ideal Sites for Integrated, Community-Scale, Renewable Energy Projects

Carl Dierker & Rona Gregory, Environmental Protection Agency
The Advantages of Timely Targeting: Identifying and Integrating Re-Use Options at the Early Stages of the Brownfields Cleanup Process

Julianne Kurdila, Chief of the Health, Safety, and Environment Section for City of Cleveland, Ohio
Financing of Brownfields Through Public-Private Partnerships

2:00 – 3:45: A Practical Look at Emerging Details of Brownfields Redevelopment

Jim Redwine, Senior V.P., Shaw Environmental Liability Solutions
Superfund Release (Covenant Not to Sue) and Its Impact on Brownfields Redevelopment

Kurt Strasser, Professor of Law, U. Conn. School of Law
The Uniform Environmental Covenants Act

Nancy Spyke, Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law
Environmental Justice: Comparison of Two Remediation/Clean-up Sites in Pennsylvania, and Their Divergent Outcomes

Martha Judy, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
Response by the Circuit Courts to the Puzzle Presented by the Supreme Court in Cooper Industries v. Aviall Services

4:00 – 5:00: Brownfields Redevelopment at Home and Abroad
Bernard Vanheusden, Hasselt University (Belgium), Ph.D. candidate, University of Leuven (Belgium)
Brownfields Redevelopment in the European Union

Robert Fowler, Professor & Chair in Environmental Law, University of South Australia
Development of Site Contamination Law and Policy in Developing Countries in the Pacific Rim and Asia: Lessons from the Experience of Developed Countries