Mullin Highlights Benefit of EPA Brownfields Program in Rural and Tribal Communities

Press Release

Date: Feb. 15, 2022
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Environment

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) highlighted the benefits of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields program to rural and Tribal communities during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change hearing today. Mullin reaffirmed his support for this program and its ability to revitalize these areas through safe repurposing of once-contaminated land.

Click here for video of Mullin's full remarks.

EPA's Brownfields program provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, Tribes, and others to assess and safely clean up contaminated properties and encourage economic development. The University of Delaware's economic study found that every dollar spent through the Brownfields program generates a $17.50 return on the state's initial investment.

Oklahoma has been a national leader in using the Brownfields program. There have been 135 assessments statewide and 24 in the Second District. Additionally, there have been 80 sites across the state and six in the Second District that have completed the program. Since 2015, Oklahoma has garnered over $10 million in new state income taxes annually on remediated sites. There has also been a 147 percent increase in job growth on redeveloped Brownfields and surrounding sites.