Brownfields & Land Revitalization Glossary and Terms

This glossary of commonly used brownfields and land revitalization terms was prepared by the CALED BLRC Education/Communication Subcommittee.

Complete Glossary of Acronyms and Terms


ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials

AAI – All Appropriate Inquiry

BEPA – Building Energy Performance Assessment

BF – Brownfields

BTEX – Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene and Xylene

BRAG – Brownfields Revitalization Advisory Group

CA – Corrective Actions

CAA – Clean Air Act

CEI – U.S. EPA’s Community Engagement Initiative

CEQA – California Environmental Quality Act

CERCLA – Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act

CLRRA – California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act

COC – Constituent of Concern

CRA – California Redevelopment Association

CWA – Clean Water Act

DTSC – Department of Toxic Substances Control

EPA – Environmental Protection Agency

ICs – Institutional Controls

MOU – Memorandum of Understanding

NCP – National Contingency Plan

NFA – No Further Action Letter

NPL – National Priorities List

PCB – Polychlorinated Biphenyls

PNAs or PAHs – Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons

POLANCO – The Polanco Redevelopment Act. See Health & Safety Code Section 33459 et seq.

PPB – Parts Per Billion

PPM – Parts Per Million

PRP – Potentially Responsible Party

OEHHA – Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

RAP – Remedial Action Plan

RAW – Remedial Action Workplan

RCRA – Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

RFP – Request for Proposal

RP – Responsible Party

RQ – Reportable Quantity

RWQCB – Regional Water Quality Control Boards

SVE – Soil Vapor Extraction

SWRCB – (California) State Water Resources Control Board

TSCA – Toxic Substances Control Act

UST – Underground Storage Tank

ug/l – Micrograms per liter

VCA – Voluntary Cleanup Agreement

VCP – Voluntary Cleanup Program

VE – Vapor Encroachment

VEC – Vapor Encroachment Condition

VI – Vapor Intrusion

VOC – Volatile Organic Compound