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Brownfields are underused or abandoned industrial or commercial sites having contaminants that affect potential profitability. Sites could not be used unless totally cleaned up; new owners could be held liable for any pollution problems from the old site. The Brownfields Property Reuse Act of 1997 is more flexible in its approach to usage and removes these restrictions from potential developers. While the law removes major impediments, dangers of contaminants may still exist.