U.S. Chamber on Brownfields

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 8:00pm

Background

The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (Public Law 107-118) included provisions to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA, or Superfund) to promote the cleanup and reuse of brownfields, to provide financial assistance for brownfields revitalization, and to enhance state response programs. The measure went into effect in January 2002.

U.S. Chamber Position

We are working to facilitate brownfield property cleanups and redevelopment, which will result in a cleaner environment, increased investment in communities, increased local and state tax revenue, and greater wealth for nearby citizens.

Brownfield cleanups should be administered at the state and local level, and greater flexibility should be allowed to achieve cleanup and redevelopment goals at the lowest cost. State and local officials should be able to consider site-specific risk factors and background contaminant levels when defining cleanup requirements.

Updated by the U.S. Chamber's Environment, Technology, and Regulatory Affairs division, January 2003.