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State Invests $350 Million in Brownfield Remediation Program

On July 3, 2023, Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio’s two-year state operating budget, House Bill 33. The budget will once again provide $350 million over the next two years to fund brownfield remediation efforts across the state. This is a welcome development and ensures that the work began two years ago to revitalize blighted brownfield sites across Ohio can continue for the next two years. 

Along with the additional funding, lawmakers approved changes to how the funding will flow to local entities that are seeking to remediate brownfield sites. Known changes include:

  • $1 million set aside for each county in the state in both FY2024 and FY2025

  • Each county will need to have a designated lead applicant who will be responsible for the submission of all applications for that county. Who the lead applicant will be varies from county to county based on population and the presence of certain local government entities.

More information can be found at the Greater Ohio Policy Center brownfields website.