New Brownfields Bill Sent to the House and Senate for Full Consideration
After 11 months of deliberation and a great deal of effort, a bipartisan brownfield bill has been sent by the Committee on Environment and Public Works to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for full consideration. S.B. 1479, the "Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2015," was introduced June 1, 2015, by Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma. The Republican Senator is a longtime supporter of the EPA Brownfield Grant Program, quipping in 2013 that "it is very rare that I have the opportunity to speak positively about any program that comes out of the EPA, but..."
Even in today's political climate, brownfield redevelopment continues to enjoy broad bipartisan support. The original brownfields bill, S.B. 350, passed the Senate on April 25, 2001 by a vote of 99-0.
The current bill should now face comprehensive up-or-down votes in both houses before, potentially, going to President Obama's desk for signature.
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