Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 12, Issue 3&4,2014
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Identification of brownfields in China: Concept, procedure and practice


Hongbin Xie 1*, Mingshui Lin 1, Changchun Zhou 2, Yang Zhang 3, Liangjin Zhou 4

Recieved Date: 2014-07-03, Accepted Date: 2014-09-28


Based on the definition of brownfield, this article proposes a methodology for identifying and classifying contaminated brownfields in the Chinese situation. The methodology developed consists of a two-stage procedure: 1) selecting the sites suspected to be contaminated by environmental information for the site collected from existing data sources and 2) inspecting the suspected contaminated sites by the use of sampling and testing. A case study of 37 land sites in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian Province in southeast of China, is used to illustrate the application and the suitability of this methodology. Following this two-stage procedure, 37 sites have been subdivided into the following three categories: 27 sites found to be without suspected contaminants are identified as type I; another 8 sites exhibiting contaminants concentration less than the soil clean-up standards are classified as type II; and the remaining 2 sites with higher contaminants concentration than the soil clean-up standards were identified as type III. The above described identification procedure is designed to be beneficial to the local Chinese government in particular because it reduces the time it takes to identify brownfields and thus the associated costs.


Brownfields, contaminated sites, identification, classification, China

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2014
Volume: 12
Issue: 3&4
Category: Environment
Pages: 349-354

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