Senator Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) has introduced SB 820 which seeks to make permanent the California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act (CLRRA), which encourages clean-up of hazardous waste and revitalization of blighted properties in California.   This bill is has been tagged as a legislative priority by the California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED) and is also supported by CBPA.

 Senator Hertzberg notes thatBrownfields remain a significant problem nationwide. These properties represent formerly used industrial sites with hazardous contamination, which deters redevelopment. Clean-up costs can be expensive, and buyers of brownfield sites may be liable for previous contamination at the sites, even if they had no role in contaminating them.

As a result, many sites remain vacant and developers are hesitant to take on such risk. In California, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) states that there are “an estimated 90,000 properties throughout the State – including former industrial properties, school sites, military bases, small businesses and landfills;” many of these sites also contribute to urban blight.

 Click here for a copy of SB 820.

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