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The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) formed the Brownfields Advisory Committee (BAC) in 2005 to provide advice to the Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances on Brownfields rules, policies, and procedures. In March 2013, the BAC decided to change the name of the committee to the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act (HSCA) Advisory Committee (HAC) to better reflect the broader scope of the advisory committee.

With the assistance of the HAC, the Division’s objective is to promote the cleanup and development of Brownfield sites in the state by ensuring timely and effective cleanups with protective, equitable and sustainable remedies. In addition, the HAC will address long-term stewardship for properties that have a remedy in place, as well as other HSCA issues. The HAC will also help integrate DNREC’s objectives with other state and local goals for conservation and economic development. The Division will rely on the HAC to represent broad public interest and community perspectives for Delaware’s Brownfields Development Program.

Please contact Sandra Woolston at or 302-395-2600 if you would like to join the HAC - new participants are always welcome!

An aerial photo of the Christina Cresent, a former brownfields waterfront site that includes AAA's Mid-Atlantic headquarters

The HAC has established several subcommittees to provide input on technical, financial, and community outreach activities including, but not limited to: updating and developing new regulations under the HSCA, reviewing loans and funding options, revising sampling and data quality protocols, and improving public participation and community involvement in the Brownfields program.

A study was conducted by the University of Delaware to assess the social impact of brownfields redevelopment in a Wilmington community. The report and presentation are available at:

  • UD Social Impact Assessment Report - Sharon Merriman-Nai
  • UD Social Impact Assessment Presentation - Sharon Merriman-Nai
  • The University of Delaware also completed a study that helps quantify the significant economic benefit of the brownfields program. You may read more about the study in a press release, and will also find the brownfields study online. Updated June 2016: Economic Impact on Delaware’s Economy: The Brownfield Program 2015

    Be sure to visit the Delaware Brownfields Marketplace! The Marketplace is an interactive database that contains a list of market-ready brownfield sites available for redevelopment in Delaware. The inventory is designed to make it easier for potential buyers and developers to locate available brownfield properties. Brownfields property owners may also submit their properties for potential listing on the Marketplace.


    The American Automobile Association's (AAA) Mid-Atlantic headquarters building on Wilmington’s former industrial Christina Riverfront. The one-time brownfields site is now a restoration gem.

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