Summary: S.491 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (06/05/2014)

Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2013 or the BUILD Act - (Sec. 2) Amends the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) to include among entities eligible for brownfields revitalization funding: (1) tax-exempt charitable organizations, (2) limited liability corporations in which all managing members or the sole members are tax-exempt charitable organizations, (3) limited partnerships in which all general partners are tax-exempt charitable organizations or limited liability corporations whose sole members are such organizations, or (4) qualified community development entities.

(Sec. 3) Requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a program to provide multipurpose grants to carry out inventory, characterization, assessment, planning, or remediation activities at brownfield sites.

(Sec. 4) Revises the brownfield site characterization and assessment grant program to permit a governmental entity to receive a grant for property acquired prior to January 11, 2002, even if the governmental entity does not qualify as a bona fide prospective purchaser under CERCLA if the entity has not caused or contributed to a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance at the property.

(Sec. 5) Increases the maximum amount the President may provide in grants and loans for brownfield remediation.

(Sec. 6) Allows grant or loan recipients to use up to 8% of brownfields revitalization funding for administrative costs, excluding costs for investigating and identifying the extent of the contamination, designing and performing a response action, or monitoring a natural resource.

(Sec. 7) Directs the EPA to give priority to small communities, Indian tribes, rural areas, and disadvantaged areas when providing grants for technical assistance, research, and training.

(Sec. 8) Requires the EPA, in providing grants for brownfields revitalization, to give consideration to waterfront brownfield sites.

(Sec. 9) Requires the EPA to establish a program to provide grants to locate clean energy projects at brownfield sites.

(Sec. 10) Authorizes the Administrator to provide up to $2 million each fiscal year to provide grants for state response programs.

(Sec. 11) Extends the authorizations of brownfields revitalization and state response programs through FY2016.