Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Sen. Lincoln Chafee. (Power Play)

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Sen. Lincoln Chafee. (Power Play)

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Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) is a leading environmental advocate in the Senate. In recognition of Chafee's record of environmental stewardship, NRPA will present him with the National Congressional Award during the NRPA Legislative Forum on Parks & Recreation, to be held Feb. 26-March 1 in Washington, D.C.

Chafee is a member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, and is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Control and Risk Assessment. In that capacity, he sponsored and spearheaded passage of the Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act of 2001.

Brownfields are properties that, because of the real or potential presences of an environmental contaminant, normally lie dormant rather than used toward a productive end. The law that Chafee championed provides funding for brownfields assessment and cleanup. Specifically, it provides 8200 million per year, for Fiscal Years 2002-2006, for grants to local and state governments to assess and clean up contaminated brownfield sites. It also authorizes 850 million per year over the same period for grants to local and state governments to establish and enhance brownfields clean-up programs. Under the law, park and greenspace development are eligible projects for brownfields cleanup funding. For more information, see www.epa.gov/brownfields.

Here are some of Chafee's thoughts on the importance of his brownfields legislation:

"This has long been one of the U. …

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