WASHINGTON, DC – The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers face off tonight for game three of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. But did you know that the home of the Astros and site of tonight’s game, Minute Maid Park, sits on a former Brownfields site?
Brownfields sites are often abandoned, closed or under-utilized industrial or commercial facilities. Examples of these sites include abandoned factories, a closed commercial building or warehouse, or even a former dry-cleaning establishment or gas station. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are more than 450,000 brownfields scattered across communities throughout the United States and each of these sites has the potential to encourage economic development in their local community through the Brownfields Program, just like the City of Houston, who built Minute Maid park on a 38-acre former brownfield.
Minute Maid Park Before & After – Photo Credit: City of Houston
The good news is, the Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed legislation – H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement Economic Redevelopment and Reauthorization Act of 2017 – that seeks to reauthorize and make improvements to EPA’s Brownfields Program while encouraging EPA, states, and local governments to work together to redevelop properties, create jobs, and provide for economic development. In fact, during one of our hearings on the legislation, Astros fan and #SubEnergy Vice Chairman Pete Olson (R-TX) discussed the Minute Maid Park brownfields project, which sits just outside his district. We look forward to the legislation’s further consideration in the House.
So when Lance McCullers Jr. of the Astros and Yu Darvish of the Dodgers take the mound for game three tonight, be sure to wow your friends with your knowledge of the EPA’s Brownfields Program. You can learn more about the committee’s efforts related to Brownfields, click HERE.