Hazardous waste can have serious ramifications on the value of the subject property, not to mention the values of surrounding properties and neighborhoods.


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Hazardous Waste

Final EPA Rule Prohibits “Sewering” of Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste (California Dental Association, Sep. 3, 2019)

Environmental Groups Move to Sue South Bay Refinery over Mishandling of Hazardous Waste (Los Angeles Times, Aug. 7, 2019)

Learn the Basics of Hazardous Waste (United States Environmental Protection Agency, Apr. 26, 2019)

The Hazardous Waste Beneath Us: Sociologists Unearth a Buried Problem (The Guardian, Sep. 19, 2018)

Estimating the Effects of Brownfields and Brownfield Remediation on Property Values in a New South City (Contemporary Economic Policy, January 1, 2017) E

Economics of Land Cleanup and Waste Management (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

Impact on Property Value & Other Issues

Cinnaminson Landfill Turned into a Solar Panel Farm (Burlington County Times, Aug. 7, 2019)

Analysis: Financial Impacts on Property Values, Counties with Landfills (All On Georgia, Jul. 8, 2019)

PFAS Pollution Already Costing Michigan Communities Millions of Dollars (MLive, Mar. 21, 2019)

Booming Postindustrial Neighborhoods Often Overlook Polluted Past (Curbed, Oct. 9, 2018)

Toxic Waste Sites and Environmental Justice: Research Roundup (Journalist’s Resource – Harvard Kennedy School, Sep. 24, 2018)

Upstate New York Residents Sue Waste Management Over Landfill Odor, Noise (Waste Dive, Aug. 16, 2018)

Environmental Hazards Don’t Quell Price Hikes (REALTOR® Magazine, Feb. 22, 2018)

The Influence of Leaking Underground Storage Tanks on Nearby House Values (Journal of Economic Insight, January 1, 2018) E

Brownfields: The ​Basics & Appraisal Techniques

Brownfields: Properties with New Purpose – Improving Local Economies in Communities with Brownfield Sites (United States Environmental Protection Agency, June 2019)

A New Gold Rush: Finding Opportunities in Brownfields (NJ Biz, May 27, 2019) E

Making Lemonade Our of Lemons: Opportunity Zones, Brownfields Redevelopment, and Environmental Considerations in Real Estate Deals (The National Law Review, Feb. 27, 2019)

Turning Brownfields into Green Land Neither Cheap nor Easy (Indiana Lawyer, September 2018) E

Web Resources

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Brownfields (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

Superfund (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

My Environment (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

NAR Talking Points: How to Talk About Environmental Issues (National Association of REALTORS®)

Smart Growth: A Toolkit for REALTORS® (National Association of REALTORS®)

Household Hazardous Waste (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

Association for Redevelopment Initiatives

Books, eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Pollution and Property (eBook)

Sustainable Property Development (eBook, Kindle)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Property Values and Environmental Factors Special Edition (San Diego, CA: American Real Estate Society, 2014) NAC1565 Am3

Environmental Hazards and Residential Property Values: Evidence from a Major Pipeline Event (Bellingham, WA: Western Washington University, 2006) NAC 1565 H19

Greenfields, Brownfields and Housing Development (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 2002) NAC 852 A1

Valuing Contaminated Properties: An Appraisal Institute Anthology (Chicago, IL: Appraisal Institute, 2002) HD1389.5.U6 V36 2002

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