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The Editorial Board: $50,000 fee in proposed extension of the state’s successful brownfield program is a killer

4 Mar 2022 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

by John Kickey, The Buffalo News

New York State needs to renew its brownfield cleanup program, an environmental reclamation effort that has prepared the ground for millions of dollars’ worth of development in Western New York and across the state. What is not needed is an onerous application fee.

Gov. Kathy Hochul smartly included a 10-year extension of the brownfield program in her proposed budget, but the language includes a proposed $50,000 application fee. The existing law imposes no such expense.


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