ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) was enacted in 2003 to encourage the remediation and redevelopment of underutilized, contaminated sites throughout New York State. The BCP statute provides protective cleanup standards, liability relief and financial incentives, including tax credits for cleanup and redevelopment costs. The program has resulted in the remediation of 116 sites but has been criticized for failing to target areas most in need of remediation, for high costs and for the absence of geographic parity. This hearing is intended to solicit input on the State's existing Brownfield Cleanup Program, including an examination of State budget implications and suggestions for modifications to increase the effectiveness of the Program.
Persons wishing to present pertinent testimony to the Committee at the above hearing should complete and return the enclosed reply form as soon as possible. It is important that the reply form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation. Ten copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk. The Committee would appreciate advance receipt of prepared statements. Oral testimony will be limited to ten minutes duration. In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committee will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view of special circumstances. These requests should be made on the attached reply form or communicated to Committee staff as early as possible.
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