Legislative Memo

T 518.465.7517


A.338 (Destito)



"Brownfield" Incentives



February 26, 2001


The Business Council supports the adoption of a statutory program for the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, or "brownfields."

However, we oppose A.338 because it is far too narrow in scope, and too limited in its reforms, to adequately address this issue.

Our most significant concerns include the following:

The Business Council believes that the state needs a statutory "voluntary cleanup program" that provides a high degree of certainty to a potential developer regarding cleanup costs, future liability, and the timetable for the review of projects. The Business Council believes that A.338 fails to provide these key elements of a successful program. Therefore, we recommend against adoption of A.338.