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HEARING: #SubEnvironment to Examine Legislation Related to EPA’s Brownfields Program

Mar 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today announced a hearing for Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Discussion Draft: Brownfields Reauthorization.”

The committee and #SubEnvironment have a long track record when it comes to examining EPA’s Brownfields Program under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Just last year, the committee held a hearing to identify issues with the Brownfields Program that can be addressed through legislation as well as to examine environmental liability concerns and potential financial and legal barriers to getting sites cleaned up. The subcommittee has also looked at how successful the Brownfields Program is at leveraging grant money and at how cleaning up brownfields sites will encourage economic development. Members of the subcommittee will look at a discussion draft of a Brownfields reauthorization bill that makes several improvements to the Brownfields Program.

“The EPA’s Brownfields Program is an important tool used by states, local government, and private stakeholders to clean up under-used or abandoned industrial and commercial properties in order to economically redevelop these sites to return them to beneficial use,” said Chairman Shimkus. “Next week’s legislative hearing will provide us the opportunity to look at ways to promote investment in new infrastructure projects and also better utilize existing infrastructure while seeking to improve the Brownfields Program.”

The Majority Memorandum, witness list, and witness testimony for the hearing will be available here as they are posted.

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