On April 21, 2016, Amy E. Romig will testify
before the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee
on Environment and the Economy. The hearing, “EPA's Brownfields Program:
Empowering Cleanup and Encouraging Economic Redevelopment”, will include
testimony from Mr. Meade Anderson (Brownfields Program Manager, Virginia
Department of Environmental Quality, on behalf of Association of State and
Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials), Mr. J. Christian Bollwage (Mayor,
City of Elizabeth, New Jersey, on behalf of US Conference of Mayors and the
City of Elizabeth, New Jersey), Ms. Veronica Eady (Vice President and Director,
Conservation Law Foundation), Mr. Clark Henry (Owner, CIII Associates, LLC),
and the Honorable Mathy Stanislaus (Assistant Administrator for the Office of
Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), in
addition to Ms. Romig.
Currently, the EPA’s Brownfields Program works
to develop blighted properties, improve the communities in which these
properties are located, and to make a property work again by providing tax
revenues and jobs through redevelopment. Ms. Romig’s testimony supports
expanding this resource to provide additional resources to small and distressed
communities focused on improving the economic vitality and quality of life for their
citizens. While contaminated properties will always present inherent risks to
private businesses looking to develop them, Ms. Romig argues that the existence
of the Brownfields program helps level the playing field and provides some seed
money to overcome the risks of environmental contamination, further stating
that without this funding, much of this development would never happen.
You can learn more about Amy Romig, the firm’s environmental practice, and Plews Shadley Racher & Braun
LLP by visiting http://www.psrb.com.
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