S. Rept. 115-148 1 (2017-09-07)

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                                                        Calendar No. 213
                   115TH CONGRESS             SEAT                   REPORT
                     1st Session              SENATE                 115-148





                     BROWNFIELDS UTILIZATION, INVESTMENT, AND LOCAL
                                  DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2017



                                  SEPTEMBER 7, 2017.-Ordered to be printed


                    Mr. BARRASSO, from the Committee on Environment and Public
                                   Works, submitted the following


                                         REPORT

                                         [To accompany S. 822]

                            [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                    The Committee on Environment and Public Works to which was
                  referred the bill (S. 822) to amend the Comprehensive Environ-
                  mental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to mod-
                  ify provisions relating to grants, and for other purposes, having
                  considered the same, reports favorably thereon with an amendment
                  in the nature of a substitute and recommends that the bill, as
                  amended, do pass.

                               GENERAL STATEMENTS AND BACKGROUND
                    The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation,
                    and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) (also known as the Super-
                  fund law) was enacted to provide broad Federal authority to re-
                  spond to releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances
                  that may endanger public health or the environment, including
                  provisions to help clean up the nation's worst contaminated sites
                  and require responsible parties to pay for the cleanups. Currently,
                  more than 1,300 contaminated sites are on the U.S. Environmental
                  Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program's National Priorities
                  List. Brownfields are properties where the presence, or potential
                  presence, of a hazardous substance complicates the expansion or
                  redevelopment of the property. EPA estimates there are more than
                  450,000  brownfield  sites across the  country. Concern   over
                  CERCLA's strict joint and several liability provisions is one factor
                  that inhibited cleanup at brownfield sites where the extent of con-
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