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Federal News The Senate passed S. 350 a bipartisan bill that will provide funds and reforms federal brownfield liability. The bill passed unanimously, with 99 senators voting in favor and one senator, Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.), not voting. The Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act of 2001 (S.350) provides liability protections for innocent parties, such as contiguous property owners, prospective purchasers, and innocent landowners. The bill provides for funding and enhancement of state cleanup programs, including limits, where appropriate, on enforcement by the federal government at sites cleaned up under a state response program. The EPA’s Cleanup News reports on a close to $1 billion settlement with Aventics Crop Sciences USA, Inc. for future cleanup of the Iron Mountain Mine Superfund Site located near Redding, Calif. The settlement, on behalf of the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Commerce and several state agencies, was reached…Log In to Read Full Article

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