Brownfield Stakeholders Listen in and Talk Back to EPAThe EPA’s brownfield program held four listening sessions in early April to discuss implementation of the new brownfields law, formally called the “Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act” (catchy acronym: SBLRBRA). Participants included environmental justice, private sector, and environmental and land-use stakeholders, as well as representatives from states, tribes, and local governments. The sessions, which had over 150 total attendees, were hosted by Michael Shapiro, the EPA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER). Mr. Shapiro introduced the agency’s implementation plan for the new law, and then received questions and suggestions from participants. Organizations of all types attended, including the Evangelical Environmental Network, the American Chemistry Council, the National Association of Home Builders, Smart Growth America, the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals, and the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials. Mr. Shapiro also explained the overarching goals…Log In to Read Full Article
RACER Trust’s Proving Ground Stimulates Efficiency
Judge Robert Gerber, sitting in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, signed an order in effect creating RACER Trust in March 2011. RACER — for Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response — was handed a portfolio of more than 300 properties scattered over 89 locations in… Read more
Water, Water Everywhere?
While in the following pages I will recount a number of serious localized water shortages, I can tell you at the outset, this will not be another gloom-and-doom scenario to which you are treated daily in your local and national news sources. Now, in my 54th year of professional effort… Read more