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Brownfield Bill

Congress began to look at ways to support the reuse of contaminated properties and in each congressional session from 1993 onward members introduced more then 25 bills from both sides of the aisle in both houses. Some were aimed at providing tax incentives for redevelopment, others would provide money directly, and other bills were designed to deal with the liability issues that affect brownfield redevelopment. Some of the bills were directly related to brownfields, others had brownfield provisions within and still others offered aid that could be used for brownfields. In general, the bills had widespread bipartisan support and many had long rolls of co-sponsors. But in spite of that it wasn’t until 2001 that a brownfield bill passed both houses of Congress. It wasn’t that the previous bills were bad. Many offered the liability protection the market was clamoring for. Others provided much-needed money to states and cities. Some…Log In to Read Full Article

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