Washington, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3017). The legislation, sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), would extend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Program, which aids in the redevelopment of closed properties and other commercial sites like the Spokane Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington.
“With brownfields in every Congressional district, this program impacts communities all across the country. We’ve seen the benefits right here in Eastern Washington. The grants from this program can revitalize and renew old properties, create jobs, grow the local economy, and retain some of the great history throughout our communities. Thank you to Rep. David McKinley for leading in this effort that touches each and every corner of America.”
NOTE: In May of 2017, Spokane’s Riverfront Park received a $600,000 grant from the Brownfields Program to assist in environmental related cleanup efforts.