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  • Cleaning up the Cleaners! Addressing Dry-Cleaning Impacts Within Opportunity Zones

    Friday, December 13, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    West Hall A – Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities
    Addressing Dry-Cleaning Impacts Within Opportunity Zones: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) include new Opportunity Zone incentives designed to bring investment to struggling communities nation-wide. Over 8,700 communities -- home to nearly 35 million Americans -- have now been designated as Opportunity Zones. There is an overlap between the Opportunity Zones areas and current and historical dry-cleaning operations - about 75% of which may have had perchloroethylene releases that could potentially pose health threats to public health and the environment. This panel will include discussions on the scale of the dry-cleaning problem within these Opportunity Zones and how California is using GIS-based research to measure the scale of the problem, navigating the process of determining the viability of responsible parties, seeking viable options to fund streamlined evaluations, and facilitating re-development of these brownfields to foster economic growth in disadvantaged communities. The presentation will focus on the magnitude of the problem nationwide and prioritization approaches for California.
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