May 31, 2018 Articles

The BUILD Act Revitalizes the EPA’s Brownfields Program

The act expands liability protections for tenants and governments

by Thomas W. Dimond and Donald M. Snemis

With little fanfare in March, Congress and the Trump administration gave a jump start to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s brownfields program and codified important liability protections with an addition to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 called the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2018 (the BUILD Act). H.R. 1625. Local governments and nonprofits interested in redeveloping abandoned properties and private investors should be excited by these important changes.

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