Federal policy

The National Brownfields Coalition supports appropriations and continuation of the key federal programs and tax incentives that facilitate re-investment in blighted contaminated properties. These programs are:

1. EPA Brownfields Program
The National Brownfields Coalition’s top priority is currently reauthorizing and improving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program. The Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely cleanup, and sustainably reuse brownfields.

The original authorization of the EPA Brownfields Program expired at the end of 2006, and reauthorization would be an opportunity for Congress to make the program even better. The National Brownfields Coalition advocates strongly for reauthorization. Read more >>

2. Section 198 Remediation Tax Expensing Program
Originally signed into law in 1997 and extended through December 31, 2011, the Brownfields Tax Incentive encourages the cleanup and reuse of brownfields. Under the Brownfields Tax Incentive, environmental cleanup costs are fully deductible in the year incurred, rather than capitalized and spread over time. Improvements in 2006 expanded the tax incentive to include petroleum cleanup. Read more >>

3. HUD 108 and Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program is allocates financing for the economic development, housing rehabilitation, public facilities rehab, construction or installation for the benefit of low- to moderate-income persons. Read more >>

HUD’s Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) is a competitive grant program to stimulate and promote economic and community development. BEDI is designed to assist cities with the redevelopment of abandoned, idled and underused industrial and commercial facilities where expansion and redevelopment is burdened by real or potential environmental contamination. Read more >>

4. HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants
The Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program supports metropolitan planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments. The grants empower jurisdictions to consider the interdependent challenges of economic competitiveness, social equity, energy use, public health and environmental impact. Read more >>

5. New Markets Tax Credits
The New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program) was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments into operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their Federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called Community Development Entities. Read more >>