The Clermont Sun: Sherrod Brown: Revitalizing our communities by redeveloping brownfields

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The Clermont Sun: Sherrod Brown: Revitalizing our communities by redeveloping brownfields

By Senator Sherrod Brown:

In Ohio, parcels of land known as brownfields are left behind after a commercial building or factory has been demolished or abandoned. These brownfields can be found in big cities and small towns in all parts of the state. In fact, by some estimates, Ohio has thousands of potential brownfield sites.

These brownfields don’t belong in neighborhoods where children walk to school, and they don’t belong in communities looking to attract new businesses.

We need to redevelop these sites to make way for new investments. That’s why I’m co-sponsoring legislation to clean-up, re-invest in, and re-develop these properties. The Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act would overhaul the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) existing Brownfields Program.

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