The Blade: Brown and brownfields


The Blade: Brown and brownfields

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) is proposing useful legislation that would modernize and improve key elements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s brownfields program by providing new tools and resources to local communities.

Brownfields are abandoned or idled parcels of industrial or commercial land, usually where there has been demolition, that can be reused. Cleanup is not easy, but the effort yields usable space.

Senator Brown’s bill would make nonprofit organizations eligible for more grants, It would help communities, especially rural ones, by streamlining the cleanup process. It includes special aid for low-income communities.

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