Press Release


The United States Conference of Mayors has made passage of Brownfields legislation a top priority for the 106th Congress

(Washington, DC, Wednesday, May 12, 1999) – Today Marc Morial, Mayor of New Orleans and Trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; Michael Turner, Mayor of Dayton and Co-Chair of the Conference’s Brownfields Task Force; Jim Marshall, Mayor of Macon and Co-Chair of the Conference’s Mayors and Bankers Task Force joined with House Water Resources and Environment Chairman Sherwood Boehlert; and Rep. Cal Dooley to call for passage of H.R. 1300 – "Recycle America’s Land Act. This legislation will help thousands of communities clean up and redevelop the nation’s brownfields.

"We believe the legislation before us today is absolutely crucial in moving the nation to the next level on brownfields," said Mayor Morial. "We also know that to recycle the many thousands of brownfields that already exist requires bipartisan action by the Congress. That is why the Conference recently wrote to the President, urging him to work with the Republican leadership in Congress on these issues," continued Morial.

"This legislation can help change the way we use land in America," said Mayor Turner. "H.R. 1300 deals directly with the top three issues that were identified in the recently released Conference’s Second Annual Brownfields Survey including the need for clean-up money and addressing liability issues."

"Today, we are enjoying benefits of one of the longest economic expansions in our nation’s history," said Mayor Marshall. "If there is a time to enact changes to stimulate private sector investment in these cities, it is now. With help from the Congress and the Administration, brownfields redevelopment can be successful," said Marshall.

Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.

The United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization representing cities with populations of 30,000 or more.

CONTACT: Katie Cullen at 202.293.7330.