National Association of Demolition Contractors Exhibit at Brownfields Conference

Doylestown, PA - The National Association of Demolition Contractors (NADC), whose members are key players in the redevelopment of brownfieldsó possibly contaminated, abandoned or underó used properties that do not qualify for Superfund Cleanup-was an exhibitor at the Brownfields 2002 Conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina in November.

The conference brought together government representatives, environmental/engineering contractors, planners, architects, developers, property owners, and many other interested groups to examine the future of brownfield redevelopment.

President George W. Bush signed legislation in January to begin the long-awaited cleanup of thousands of brownfields sites across the country. This legislation earmarked $200 million annual to this environmental effort. Now EPA funds are being supplemented by money from the Commerce Department, HUD, and state and private funding to redevelop sites such as old paint factories or gas stations. Contractors with expertise in environmental services are needed to perform the cleanup before new construction can begin.

"Some people in industry may not associate demolition contractors with the service of environmental remediation," said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, executive director of the NADC. "But because of a growing demand, many demolition contractors have expanded their skill areas into services that may include hazardous waste management, asbestos abatement, building decontamination, PCB removal, mold remediation, industrial cleaning, and groundwater and soil remediation."