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Brownfields Redevelopment Priority at Federal Government Sites

Release Date: 05/29/2003
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Dave Ryan 202-564-7827/

(05/29/03) Marianne Lamont Horinko, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, and Paul Chistolini, General Service Administration’s (GSA) Deputy Commissioner for Public Building Service, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding at a National Press Club ceremony in Washington, D.C. to address Brownfields. EPA and GSA are members of the Brownfields National Partnership, which last year brought together 28 organizations, including more than 20 federal agencies, to expand the national movement to revitalize abandoned under-used industrial and commercial facilities. In the Memorandum of Understanding, EPA is committed to providing as much as $850 million for Brownfields over the next five years through assessments, cleanups, revolving loan funds, job training, and state/tribal grants; GSA is committed to jointly reviewing federal real property holdings to identify potential Brownfields candidates and to expedite their cleanup, redevelopment and reuse. GSA is the U.S. government agency responsible for purchasing the buildings, products, technology, and essentials that other federal agencies need. Since the Brownfields program began in 1995, it has awarded 645 grants to assess more than 4,000 Brownfields sites, leveraged more than $4.6 billion in private investments, and helped create more than 20,000 jobs. Every acre of reclaimed Brownfields saves 4.5 acres of greenspace, such as park and recreation areas. In January 2002, President Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, which authorizes up to $250 million a year for Brownfields grants. For more information, go to: