Federal lawmakers from New York are showing their support for a piece of legislation that aims to jumpstart development and cleanup efforts on contaminated land.
Recently, Democrats U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillbrand and Congressman Paul Tonko met with local leaders in Albany’s Sheridan Hollow neighborhood to announce their support for the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development – or BUILD – Act.
New federal funding has been announced for the largest brownfields mill redevelopment project in New England. The region’s top federal environmental official says the project in Ludlow Massachusetts serves as example for reusing the scores of other abandoned industrial sites that dot the landscape.
New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli unveiled a new plan to overhaul the state’s brownfields program today. A Democrat, DiNapoli crafted the original brownfields bill when he was still in the state Assembly. Speaking with WAMC’s Alan Chartock on the Capitol Connection program, DiNapoli says tax loopholes within the program should be closed.
The redevelopment has begun of a once badly polluted former textile mill in Chicopee Massachusetts. A top Environmental Protection Agency official warned on Monday that federal budget cuts threaten future brownfields cleanup efforts in the region.
An $8 million senior center is being constructed on land along the Chicopee River that was originally developed during the early 1800s to manufacture textiles. A groundbreaking , attended by more than 100 people, culminated a decade long cleanup project that officials described as a legal and environmental quagmire.
The largest brownfield mill redevelopment project in New England, in Ludlow Massachusetts, has been designated a priority project by Massachusetts state officials. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Massachusetts Lt Gov Timothy Murray recently added five new projects to the state’s Brownfields Support Team Initiative. Ludlow Mills is the only project in western Massachusetts to be designated for the cleanup assistance in this latest round.