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DPNR Will Host 3rd Annual Brownfields Forum

Sept. 2, 2006 – The Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Protection will host the 3rd Annual Virgin Islands Brownfields Forum from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Carambola Beach Resort on St. Croix. The forum, entitled "Redevelopment: Opportunities in Reuse," is designed to teach property owners, the real estate community, financiers, developers and other interested parties how contaminated and unwanted properties can be revitalized.
The one-day forum will feature speakers that include United States Environmental Protection Agency Region II Brownfields Coordinator Ramon Torres along with local Brownfields specialists. Discussions will focus on how potential Brownfields property owners, developers, investors and financiers may participate in the program. During the forum, V.I. coordinators will also give a progress report and update on the local initiative.
Since its inception in 1995, EPA's Brownfields Program has grown into a proven, results-oriented program that has changed the way contaminated property is managed. It is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to assess, safely clean, and reuse Brownfields.
Pre-registration is required and admission is free. Since space is limited, interested persons should pre-register with the department by Thursday, Sept. 7. To pre-register for the forum, contact Kysha Wallace at 774-3320 or e-mail at wallace.kysha@vidpnr-dep.org. More information on the VI Brownfield Initiative can be accessed at http://www.dpnr.gov.vi/dep/brownfields.htm

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