Environment & Energy Report

Efforts to Gauge Pollution Will Slow During Pandemic, EPA Says

May 13, 2020, 7:01 PM

Nationwide efforts to assess contamination are expected to slow during the coronavirus pandemic, the director of the EPA’s brownfields program said Wednesday.

  • David Lloyd, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, said in a webinar he expects slower site assessments because they require the oversight of state governments, which are focused on virus response.
  • The EPA’s program distributes grant funding for the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites, which are underutilitzed properties that may or may not be contaminated.
  • The EPA’s brownfield funding process hasn’t been affected, Lloyd said. He expects the impact on individual sites to come mostly from virus-related restrictions set by each individual state or jurisdiction.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sylvia Carignan in Washington at scarignan@bloombergenvironment.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory Henderson at ghenderson@bloombergindustry.com; Renee Schoof at rschoof@bloombergenvironment.com

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