Brownfields Legislation Passes in House Energy and Commerce Committee

When NARC, NACo, NLC, and USCM put up a united front on reauthorizing and improving the EPA Brownfields Program, the House listened. We are happy to report that the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3017) passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee with amendments favorable to our requests. It authorizes appropriations for the program at $200 million for fiscal years 2017 through 2021, and up to $50 million for each of the five fiscal years to support state response programs. The bill increases the size of cleanup grants from $200,000 to $500,000, with an award ceiling of $750,000. The bill will also establish a multipurpose grant that provides up to $1 million at one or more brownfields sites in a community, and allows properties acquired before the Brownfields Program was created in 2002 to be eligible for grant funding. We look forward to seeing this legislation reach the House floor for a vote so that local governments will be a little closer to tackling the 400,000-600,000 remaining sites in the U.S. For further detail, read Route Fifty‘s coverage.

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