Sending Office: Honorable Elizabeth H. Esty
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        Request for Signature(s)

Fully fund the EPA’s Brownfields Program

*** This is a programmatic appropriations request*** 

Deadline: TODAY

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in urging the Interior and Environment subcommittee to fully fund the EPA’s Brownfields Program in the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior and Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. For more information, please contact Jessica Brown with
Congresswoman Esty ( or 6×6736) or Jennifer Wood with Congressman Katko (


FY 2018 cosigners: Katko, McKinley, LoBiondo,
Turner, Faso, DeFazio, Napolitano, Holmes Norton, Loebsack, Tonko, Cohen, Danny Davis, Bobby Rush, Tsongas, Blumenauer,  Bustos,  Gutierrez, Welch, Engel, Grijalva, Hastings, Cicilline, Cárdenas, Lee, Himes, DeLauro, Larson, Courtney, Fudge,
Clarke, Castor, Cohen, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Carson, Nolan, Dingell, DeSaulnier, Kelly, Cummings, McGovern, Welch, Adams, Levin, Payne, Gwen Moore, Bobby Scott, Wasserman Schultz, Rice, Sires, Velázquez, Foster, Raskin, Higgins, Jayapal, Soto, Crist, McEachin,
and Shea-Porter


FY 2019 cosigners: Katko, McKinley, Turner, LoBiondo, Kinzinger, Faso, Marino, DeFazio, Napolitano,
Tonko, Courtney, DeLauro, Larson, Himes, Levin, Hank Johnson, Engel, Castor, Welch, Loebsack, Lee, DeSaulnier, Kelly, Dingell, Beyer, Holmes Norton, Cohen, Bustos, Clarke, Danny Davis, Foster, Velázquez, Tsongas, Moore, Nolan, Cárdenas, McGovern, Barragán,
Hastings, Rush, Carson, Lawrence, Sewell, Payne, Green, Lipinski, Demings, Sewell, Boyle, Raskin,
Gottheimer, Gabbard, Sheila Jackson Lee, Costa, Wasserman Schultz, Bass, Carbajal, Fudge, Soto, Shea-Porter, and Cicilline



Brownfields are segments of land that were used for industrial purposes or commercial uses. Many times, this land becomes contaminated with hazardous waste or pollution. They can be abandoned factories, former dry cleaning establishments, or gas stations
that are no longer in use.


Originally authorized in 2002, the EPA’s Brownfield Program empowers states, communities, and stakeholders to assess, clean up, and redevelop these sites.


Every single congressional district in our nation has at least one brownfield site, and some, in fact, have hundreds.

On average, approximately $18 in private and public funding is leveraged for every $1 expended by brownfields grants.

According to a 2007 study, approximately 10 jobs are created for every acre of brownfields redevelopment.

Brownfields are eye-sores to our communities, but in the world of tomorrow, they could be parks, bike trails, shopping centers, movie theaters, or apartment buildings.


March 16, 2018


The Honorable Ken Calvert


Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

B-308 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

The Honorable Betty McCollum

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

1016 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515


Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum:

Out of concern for the cities and towns struggling to find the resources to redevelop the remaining 450,000 brownfields throughout our country, we write to urge you to provide robust funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Program
in the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior and Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Last year, the House passed the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017 to authorize $200 million for the EPA’s Brownfields Program
and an additional $50 million for the state response program. This legislation passed by a vote of 409 to 8, signaling near-unanimous support for the program.

EPA’s investment over the program’s history has leveraged $22.3 billion in total investment, meaning each EPA Brownfields dollar expended leverages nearly $18 in additional private and public financing for assessment and cleanup. This modest federal investment
has also resulted in the assessment of more than 24,000 properties and helped to create more than 106,000 new jobs nationwide. EPA’s program has made tremendous progress in accelerating the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites across the nation, such
as gas stations and former industrial sites. 

However, hundreds of thousands of other brownfield properties remain vacant and underutilized because of the lack of sufficient funding. In fact, the demand for brownfields funding continues to grow and EPA has only been able to fund about one-third of the
applications it receives. With over 450,000 brownfield sites across the country, we simply cannot afford to miss the opportunity to fully fund EPA’s Brownfields program – demonstrating our universal commitment to create jobs and strengthen the communities
we are proud to represent. Increased investment will return brownfields to productive uses, generate additional tax revenues, improve the environment, and revitalize communities all over America.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.  We recognize that there are many competing priorities facing your Subcommittee, but we also believe that brownfields redevelopment is a foundation of economic growth and a vital component of community revitalization.







Elizabeth H. Esty

Member of Congress






John Katko

Member of Congress

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