Institute for Environmental Negotiation

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Town of Shenandoah National Pilot Brownfields Redevelopment

(1999 - 2000)

The Town of Shenandoah lies just below Shenandoah National Park. A Brownfields Assessment Pilot grant, finalized in October 1998, provided $200,000 to help the town determine  any contamination present in the soil or groundwater of the 65-acre \"Big Gem\" site, where an iron furnace had long ago ceased operations, and to create a cleanup and redevelopment plan. To structure the process, the EPA offered the help of the Harrisonburg Community Mediation Center and the Institute for Environmental Negotiation to the Town of Shenandoah. For the two year process that followed, IEN facilitators helped the group identify key people and stakeholders and build consensus for future uses of the \"Big Gem\" site.