|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||13 Oct 1998 11:05:29|
BROWNFIELDS APPROPRIATION SURVIVES UNSCATHED Congress has wrapped up work on the fiscal year 1999 Appropriations bill ("VA, HUD..." that contains money for Brownfields programs, with both houses of Congress approving the Conference Report by large majorities. If he hasn't already signed it, I expect the President to sign the bill soon. Despite language in the original (committee versions) bills in both the House and Senate that would restrict the use of Brownfields Appropriations, the final legislation appears to contain no such restrictions. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong.) EPA appears free to use the Brownfields money for research and for a remediation revolving fund, as well as assessment, worker training, and program administration. Congress approved the administration request of $91 million for EPA's Brownfields work, and it approved another $25 million for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Brownfields redevelopment grants. The Conference committee commented, however, "there nevertheless remains concern that this growing program, though very important and worthy, is draining scarce resources from the equally important and worthy Superfund response program. In the short-term, the conferees strongly urge the Agency to fully review this program and make program reductions wherever feasible which do not adversely impact the integrity of the program. For the long-term, the conferees request the Agency to review other possible means of funding this program and report back to the Committees on Appropriations by April, 1, 1999 on the results of this review." Lenny -- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 222B View St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/968-1126 firstname.lastname@example.org Effective August, 1998, CPEO has adopted its own Internet domain, <cpeo.org>. All of our old E-mail addresses, such as <email@example.com> should continue to work.
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