Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) Friday announced the introduction of the Brownfields Reauthorization Act of 2010 to boost funding to clean up and redevelop Brownfield sites, which will spur job creation and economic development in communities in New Jersey and across the country. The funding will support investments to replace lost jobs and will help communities affected by blight.
"The influx of funding authorized by the bill will be a boost to communities by providing resources for cleanup that they cannot provide themselves," said Pallone. "Former manufacturing sites, empty lots, and other eyesores within our communities now have a better chance of becoming parks, community centers, or new businesses that provide tax revenue for the area. Brownfields cleanup is truly a win-win for our communities."
The legislation will create jobs in communities nationwide directly through site assessment and cleanup and indirectly through thousands of construction and redevelopment jobs. Sites designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as Brownfields are all eligible to receive funds to assess contamination, clean up the site, and provide ways to increase energy efficiency and alternative energy.
The reauthorization includes increased funding levels and more flexibility in what organizations are eligible for the funds. The bill increases overall EPA funding for Brownfields grants, beginning with $350 million in 2011 and increasing by $50 million annually to a total of $600 million in 2016 and beyond.
EPA's Brownfields program has created more than 60,000 new jobs nationwide and resulted in the assessment of 14,600 properties.