From: The Honorable Elizabeth H. Esty
Sent By: jessica.brown@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 4463
Date: 2/25/2016

Dear Colleague,

 

We invite you to cosponsor the Brownfields Reauthorization Act of 2016 to spur community revitalization and economic development by reauthorizing and improving the EPA’s Brownfields Program.

Brownfields are under-developed properties where the presence – or potential presence – of hazardous substances and environmental contamination prevents expansion, redevelopment, or reuse. In addition to generally being an eye-sore to our communities, Brownfield sites drive down property values and provide little or no tax revenues. Originally authorized in 2002, the EPA’s Brownfield Program empowers states, communities, and stakeholders to assess, clean up, and redevelop these sites. Since the program’s original authority expired in 2006, various stakeholders have suggested changes that could further our shared goal of revitalizing these properties.

That is why we recently introduced H.R. 4463, the Brownfields Reauthorization Act of 2016. This bill would not only reauthorize the program’s grant authority at $250 million annually through 2021, but it would also add significant improvements to the program, providing local governments, nonprofits, and partners with the tools they need to enhance the program’s success.

Public-private partnerships are an important tool for successful community transformation. To encourage these partnerships, our bill expands eligibility for Brownfield grants to certain nonprofits, limited liability corporations, limited partnerships, and community development entities. This expansion includes governments that acquired Brownfields prior to 2002, so long as they did not cause, contribute to, or threaten a release of hazardous substances. The Brownfields Reauthorization Act would also authorize multi-purpose grants to fund multiple-elements of a project and streamline the process to provide greater certain of long-term project financing.

Please join us as a cosponsor of this bill to revitalize our cities and towns. For more information or to cosponsor this legislation, please contact Tom Stewart with Congresswoman Esty (Tom.Stewart@mail.house.gov or 5-4476) or Rebecca Shaw with Congressman Gibson (Rebecca.Shaw@mail.house.gov or 5-5614).

 

Sincerely,

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Elizabeth H. Esty                                                        Christopher P. Gibson

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress