In Part I of this Article, I describe the BRAC process and compare it to the process for remediating abandoned or underused sites in state brownfields programs. I find that while the two systems are different in many significant respects, these differences do not overwhelm the commonalities inherent in comparing two systems that focus on remediating sites and transferring them to their new owners. In Part II, I describe the environmental remediation process of BRAC and positive "surprises" in terms of the statutory preference for finality in remedial actions and for public participation at sites being closed and the more mixed impact of the evolution ofBRAC to become more "brownfields-like."
Joel B. Eisen, Brownfields and BRAC: A Surprising "Compatibility," 32 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. & Pol'y Rev. 403 (2008).