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State Brownfield Programs Navigating Rough Financial Seas

State brownfield program initiatives continue to evolve and mature, in the face of turbulent economic times, even as their basic goals remain the same. States are struggling with significant budget pressures, and trying to balance the need to do things like offer incentives to attract investment to brownfield sites—recognizing the return they can bring—with the obligation to provide basic services. 2003 should mark the completion of the transition of the brownfield regulatory framework; the Brownfield Revitalization Act signed into law on January 11, 2002 shifted virtually all responsibility for brownfield sites to the states. Congress recognized the significance of this shift, and increased the EPA’s support of state voluntary cleanup and response programs. The new law authorizes $50 million per year for grants to states and tribes to establish and enhance state voluntary cleanup and other response programs—more than triple the pre-enactment level, and Congress provided that in the fiscal…Log In to Read Full Article

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