Thousands of brownfield sites remain contaminated says advocacy group

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June 11, 2012

Zack Seward, ROCHESTER

A new report from a statewide environmental group says New York's brownfield remediation program is broken. Advocates say too few sites are being redeveloped -- at too high a cost.

Developers were paid $1 billion in state tax credits to improve just over 100 contaminated sites.
That's according to a new report from Environmental Advocates of New York.The group's Alison Jenkins says the tax incentives are grossly inefficient. "The communities that really need revitalization aren¿t getting it. We're seeing a lot of these tax credits go to areas that would've been redeveloped anyway. So this is really just kind of the icing on the top for a few developers claiming these really large tax credits."

See an interactive map of brownfields near you on the Innovation Trail site.