Our industry has taken an early position sending a letter of support for Senator Hertzberg’s (D-Los Angeles) SB 820 which will permanently extend the California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act, an important tool that allows cities and the private sector to work together to clean up Brownfields and get them back into productive use.

The program mirrors federal legislation that was passed to protect parties that want to invest in brownfields sites that they are not responsible for contaminating; thereby, encouraging investment in what are often-times disadvantaged communities and neighborhoods.

CLRRA give local governments the ability and alternative means of cleaning up properties when the responsible party is will not or cannot so it can be used for a productive benefit.  Under the program state regulators (DTSC) or local water boards to designate what level of clean up the new buyer has to do in order to put the property back into use, and there is ongoing monitoring and accountability to protect the public’s health.

CLRRA advances infill development and greenhouse gas reduction by reducing VMT because often times these contaminated sites are in urban centers and the program allows jurisdictions to work with new businesses to investment in clean up and remediation.

SB 820 is also supported by CBPA our partners at the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED).

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