“Brownfields”: Are They an Ethical Solution to a Major Urban Pollution Problem?

  • Robert J. Shedlarz
  • Karen Eilers Lahey
Part of the Research Issues in Real Estate book series (RIRE, volume 5)


“Brownfields” are unused urban manufacturing sites that are not being recycled because the potential costs of environmental cleanup may vastly exceed their current market value. This chapter addresses the ethical issues involved in recently legislated state solutions to this environmental problem. It posits the following question: If “greenfields” are unattainable and “deadfields” are unacceptable, are state certified “brownfields” a reasonable and ethical compromise?


Real Estate Cleanup Cost Remediation Cost Caveat Emptor Purchase Agreement 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Shedlarz
    • 1
  • Karen Eilers Lahey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Finance College of BusinessUniversity of AkronUSA

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