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SUPPORT OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION ON BROWNFIELDS AND SUPERFUND REFORM

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has consistently sought bipartisan action on brownfields and Superfund reform legislation over the past several years; and

WHEREAS, the Conference is again seeking bipartisan legislative action in the 106th Congress on the many issues before cities in assessing, cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields as well as those responding to other burdens placed upon cities under CERCLA, commonly called the "Superfund" law; and

WHEREAS, the Conference has previously adopted extensive policy statements providing specific recommendations on legislative actions which are needed to help communities in meeting the challenges posed by brownfields and in reforming the "Superfund" law; and

WHEREAS, the Leadership of the Conference of Mayors has strongly endorsed bipartisan legislation, the "Recycle America’s Land Act" (H.R. 1300), which has been developed by Representative Sherwood Boehlert and a bipartisan group of House Members; and

WHEREAS, this legislation provides an effective framework for advancing legislation to address the Conference’s recommendations on brownfields and selected Superfund reforms, many of which are embodied in this legislation; and

WHEREAS, the Leadership of the Conference of Mayors has written to the President, urging him to engage with Representative Boehlert and Senators John Chafee and Max Baucus and others to craft a bipartisan legislative agreement on brownfields and selected Superfund reforms; and

WHEREAS, legislation, such as H.R. 1300, provides the best opportunity to move forward with bipartisan legislation in this Congress; and

WHEREAS, the Conference believes the time has come for Congress and the Administration to take action on bipartisan legislation this year to give communities more tools and resources in moving brownfields in to productive uses; and

WHEREAS, broader bipartisan action on these issues is particularly important given increasing public concerns about urban sprawl and its effects on air and water quality, loss of open space and farmlands, and the need for renewed commitments to existing communities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges both the President and the Congress to work together and seek bipartisan legislative agreement on brownfields and selected Superfund reforms, using H.R. 1300 as a framework for such an agreement; and

BE, IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges the Administration and Congress to work together to resolve these issues expeditiously so that final legislation can be enacted in the First Session of the 106th Congress.

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