Description of the Indicator
This indicator measures the number of Brownfield sites. Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse could be complicated by the potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants.

Why is it important?
Brownfields are underutilized properties that typically have been abandoned, left idle, or are underused due to concerns over environmental contamination. Cleaning up contaminants from a brownfield site can reduce or eliminate potential health risks to residents, workers, pets, and the surrounding area and promote development.

How is the region doing?
As of 2024, six Lackawanna County sites were listed in Pennsylvania DEP’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA). Five additional Lackawanna County sites are listed under the federal CERCLA program – the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (commonly known as Superfund). Luzerne County had 16 HSCA sites and six federal Superfund sites. Wayne County has three HSCA sites and zero Superfund sites. There has been little, or no change measured over the past several years.