It's not uncommon for a piece of land to be used for a business, then the business closes and the site is left vacant. But not empty.
Hazardous substances or other pollutants can be left behind, with no one responsible for the cleanup.
These are designated "brownfields" by the federal EPA, and an EPA grant to the Rogue Valley Council of Governments will help identify brownfields in the Medford/Grants Pass area.
Greg Stabach of RVCOG and Tom Humphrey, Director of Community Development for the City of Central Point, visit with details.