2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 11:51:16 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Florida legislature passes Brownfields bill
Florida Brownfields Association
APRIL 29, 2008

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Brownfields Association ("FBA") announces that the Florida Senate unanimously passed House Bill 527 today, an important Brownfields cleanup and redevelopment bill, and the bill now goes to Governor Charlie Crist. Yesterday, the Florida House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the bill. This bill was strongly supported by the FBA this 2008 legislative session.

This legislation provides several key additional incentives and program enhancements for restoring Brownfield properties in Florida in order to provide a range of important economic, environmental, and public health benefits to the State of Florida and to the communities in which Brownfields and contaminated sites are located.

House Bill 527 provides the following, among other things:

* Enhances state tax credit incentives to further encourage the cleanup and redevelopment of certain abandoned former landfills or dump sites in Florida, which are environmental and economic drains on the communities in which they are present. The bill provides incentives to encourage the removal and appropriate management and reuse of solid waste materials from these former solid waste disposal sites as part of their environmental cleanup and redevelopment.

* Adds a new state tax credit incentive to encourage the construction of new health care facilities (such as health care clinics) on Brownfield sites in order to serve the public health and medical needs of local communities.

* Clarifies and improves certain Brownfield designation procedures for parties participating in Brownfield designations, cleanups, and redevelopment.

* Improves and clarifies a range of state tax credit application procedures to assist parties in accessing these important financial incentives, to allow more time for their submission and review each year, and to allow the Florida Department of Environmental Protection ("FDEP") and parties more opportunity to put together complete tax credit applications.


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Lenny Siegel
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a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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