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Brownfields Redevelopment in Wisconsin: Program, Citywide, and Site-Level Studies


  • Wernstedt, Kris

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  • Hersh, Robert


In this paper, the second installment of our three-part study on the development of brownfields policy in the state of Wisconsin, we use case studies to explore the implementation of the policy at three scales: 1) two statewide initiatives, the Voluntary Party Liability Exemption process and the Sustainable Urban Development Zone program; 2) the efforts of two Wisconsin cities, West Allis and Wausau, to promote brownfields redevelopment across their neighborhoods; and 3) project-specific uses of institutional, regulatory, and financial innovations to encourage the revitalization of specific areas. Throughout the paper, we focus on the role of economic incentives, regulatory flexibility, regulatory structure, and the behavioral culture of brownfields stakeholders. We base our work on interviews of nearly 70 individuals from public, private-for-profit, private-nonprofit, and tribal organizations.

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  • Wernstedt, Kris & Hersh, Robert, 2003. "Brownfields Redevelopment in Wisconsin: Program, Citywide, and Site-Level Studies," Discussion Papers dp-03-53, Resources For the Future.
  • Handle: RePEc:rff:dpaper:dp-03-53

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    1. Gustafsson, Bo, 1998. "Scope and limits of the market mechanism in environmental management," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(2-3), pages 259-274, February.
    2. Wernstedt, Kris & Hersh, Robert, 2003. "The Brownfield Bargain: Negotiating Site Cleanup Policies in Wisconsin," Discussion Papers dp-03-52, Resources For the Future.
    3. A. Allan Schmid, 1972. "Analytical Institutional Economics: Challenging Problems in the Economics of Resources for a New Environment," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 54(5), pages 893-901.
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    Brownfields; contamination; hazardous waste; regulatory reform; Wisconsin;

    JEL classification:

    • Q24 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Land
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy

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