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Inside the Beltway: Can Bi-Partisanship Boost Brownfields?

When it comes to interest in brownfields in Washington, there are two sides of the coin," says Evans Paull, executive director of the National Brownfields Coalition (NBC), based in the Washington metro area. "One side of Congress is preoccupied with bigger issues, particularly budget issues. But the other side of the coin is that brownfields has always been a good bipartisan issue, and the committee leaders are looking for issues that they can work together on." That bipartisan advantage was evident when the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program emerged relatively unscathed in the compromise continuing resolution for fiscal year 2011, signed by President Obama on April 15. Despite widespread cuts in environmental and community development programs, the new federal budget for fiscal year 2011 maintains the brownfields program at its 2010 level of $100 million for site assessment and cleanup and $49.5 million for brownfields assistance to the states. (See…Log In to Read Full Article

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