REP. ROSEN VOTES TO EXPAND CLEANUP AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS FOR NEVADA LANDS
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) voted for H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017, which would reauthorize the Brownfields Program. This legislation would make improvements to the cleanup process aimed at helping communities remediate and redevelop contaminated property.
“This legislation will help clean up Nevada’s contaminated lands and create opportunities for economic development for both businesses and consumers,” Rosen said. “This bill significantly improves the Brownfields Program, empowering states and local communities to work together to help redevelop properties and create jobs for Nevadans. I will continue to support commonsense policies that promote environmental stewardship and help revitalize our state's economy.”
BACKGROUND: H.R. 3017 reauthorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program at an annual level of $200 million through FY 2022. This program provides grants and technical assistance for cleanup efforts on land that was once used for industrial purposes or commercial use. Additionally, this bill will allow nonprofits and community development groups to be eligible for Brownfields grants. According to an EPA study, around 200 of the estimated 450,000 Brownfields sites across the nation are located throughout southern Nevada, with more contaminated grounds that have not yet been categorized as Brownfields sites.