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Senator Jack Latvala Recognized as the 2011 Florida Brownfields Association Legislator of the Year

In 2011, Senator Jack Latvala sponsored the Florida Brownfield Association’s proposed legislation which eventually resulted in a $3 million increase in the annual allocation for the Voluntary Cleanup Tax Credits. With this increase, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection now has $5 million per year, rather than $2 million, to commit to persons who are conducting site rehabilitation pursuant to Voluntary Cleanup Agreements or Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreements.

Senator Latvala and FBA’s House Sponsor, Representative Debbie Mayfield, fought tirelessly through the 2011 to make sure that FBA's message was heard by the Legislators and the increase was secured. With this increase, DEP projects a significant reduction in the over $7 million in backlogged applications. This will help maintain the viability of a program which encourages private development moneys to go toward contamination cleanups and job creation.

FBA recognized Representative Mayfield at its November conference. Senator Latvala could not be in attendance at that time due to committee meetings in Tallahassee. As the 2012 Legislative session gets underway, Past President Joe Ullo and FBA’s Lobbyist Bo Bohannon visited Senator Latvala in his Senate Chambers today and presented him with his award. Senator Latvala also listened with great interest to some of FBA’s legislative goals for the 2012 Session. Senator Latvala has been a long time supporter of Florida’s Brownfield program. When he was a member of the State House of Representatives he was instrumental in passing the original Florida Brownfields Act. FBA previously recognized Senator Latvala as a “Brownfield Pioneer” at our annual conference in 2008.
 

Issues

Excerpt from November 2010 Institutional Controls Procedure Guidance Document as revised by FDEP on 4/5/12, and FBA Recommendations 4/17/12 - Click here to read.  Click here for FBA Comment letter on same.

FBA's White Paper titled Florida's Brownfields Redevelopment Program – A Proven Job Creator and Revenue Generator In Crisis - click here to read.

FBA's Sheet titled FLORIDA'S BROWNFIELDS REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FACT SHEET - click here to read.

VCTC Backlog 1-19-11 including calendar year - click here to read.

Coalition Reauthorization Background and Proposals 2-2011 - click here to read.

Brownfields Federal Agenda for 112th Congress - final draft 2-4-11 - click here to read.

 

Members Only Information

The FBA's Legislative and Policy Committee has created a working group of FBA members that are currently evaluating and comparing Brownfield Site Rehabilitation with the rehabilitation of other Risk Based Corrective Action or other state program contaminated sites.  FDEP's Division of Waste Management recently provided the working group with data sets largely pulled from the State’s COMET database.  The data sets are in the form of an excel spreadsheet with information from over 4400 contaminated sites, including over 150 brownfield sites.  If you are interested in participating in the working group and obtaining a copy of the excel spreadsheet, please contact Becky Buice at becky@nstephens.com.

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