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Omnibus Bill Proposes More Flexibility for Brownfields Funds

March 22, 2018, 2:18 PM

Contaminated sites countrywide and the nonprofits and local governments that want them cleaned up could benefit if the fiscal year 2018 omnibus legislation becomes law.

The government spending bill, released March 21, includes provisions of a Senate bill that adds flexibility to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program. The legislation creates larger Brownfields program grants, lets local governments off the hook for cleanup liability at certain sites, and allows nonprofits to be eligible for grants.

The legislation authorizes the appropriation of $200 million for the Brownfields Program each year from 2019 to 2023. The program received ...