When factories close and their buildings are shuttered, they often leave behind a sinister secret.
Toxic chemicals and pollutants left behind from their industrial past can haunt these places. Until the contaminants can be safely cleaned up or disposed of, no one can use these buildings or the land they sit on.
Contaminated land doesn’t have to be scary, though. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program helps towns and cities across the country assess and clean up brownfield sites, and put this land back into productive use.
Now, a bill in Congress would help even more towns clean up brownfields. The BUILD Act of 2013 would renew the federal brownfields program and improve its ability to help towns clean up contaminated land.
This Halloween, help towns and cities clean up land haunted by its past: speak out for the BUILD Act today.