Stimulus and Remediation

How Brownfield Clean Ups Efforts are Benefiting

koppersBldgsHappy monday readers. If you celebrated last week with non-pork or yesterday with pork products, happy holidays. I am just coming from The First Annual NYC Brownfield Awards, where there was much cause for celebration. The Ceremony served to recognize “the most remarkable brownfield projects in New York City.” If I might add, the NYC Brownfields Awards ceremony also highlighted the NYC Partnership of Brownfield Practitioners 2009 Scholars.  I would like to say that CUNY was well represented in these ranks. Multiple students from Queens College, a Brooklyn College Macaulay Honors College student and a Graduate Center doctoral candidate were in the lot. Congrats to all of the 2009 scholars.

While this event highlighted excellence in brownfield redevelopment projects already underway or completed, there is reason to believe that the same event next year will have exciting advancements. New York City has about 7,000 acres of land that has been deemed as contaminated. Over 2,000 acres have already been cleaned up or are in the process of being cleaned up. The Environmental Protection Agency EPA was granted $100 million dollars from the stimulus–on top of the $63 million already dedicated to the cause–for brownfield remediation purposes.  Nearly tripling the funding for brownfield remediation will allow for triple the benefits. And will also allow for the more costly and complex clean ups.

To learn more about the Partnership, visit their page on the Office of Environmental Management’s website. To see a more detailed break down of what other stimulus funds the EPA received, visit their recovery page.

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