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US Bill introduced to increase remediation

A Bill has been introduced into the US Congress to increase federal government support for land remediation by raising the grant ceiling and making grants available for a wider range of work and improve certainty for brownfield developers.

The Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development Bill was introduced by four senators, two Democrats and two Republicans in what is an increasingly rare example of cross-party support in Congress. It recognises that land remediation is becoming more complex and increases the grant ceiling and allows funds to be used for administrative costs.

The legislation would also allow the Environmental Protection Agency to award multi-purpose grants covering things like site inventory, characterization, planning and multiple sites. Multi-purpose grants would also become available to support schemes such as one in Tampa, Florida, where the city is reclaiming a former scrap yard and allowing it to take advantage of investment in a development across the street.

"The BUILD Act is a win for everyone-Congress, local governments, business owners and taxpayers," said Geoff Anderson, president and CEO of Smart Growth America. "Brownfields restoration drives economic growth while giving local governments the flexibility to pursue the projects they need the most. Transforming a community's financial sinkhole into a new business or residential building is a no-brainer."

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