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HILL ENERGY BRIEFING: Biden Funds Brownfields Cleanups

June 8, 2022, 10:05 AM

Cleanups of polluted urban sites are in line for billions of dollars in funding following last year’s infrastructure law—money that advocates of disadvantaged communities say should help steer redevelopment into much-needed grocery stores, affordable housing, and better-paying jobs.

Environmental and community advocates are hoping the record funding will accelerate cleanups of brownfields—abandoned gas stations, dry cleaning operations, and other potentially contaminated sites—while avoiding redevelopment that may only worsen local pollution, such as truck-dependent shipping and distribution centers.

Challenges have arisen in restoring waste sites in ways that benefit communities. The challenges for local groups include a lack of in-house resources ...