The December 9, 2011, edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle featured two articles in which AGG Partner John C. Spinrad is quoted. The first article, titled “State brownfield group advocates, educates” (subscription may be required to view), discusses how the Georgia Brownfield Association (GBA), a nonprofit advocacy and education organization of which Arnall Golden Gregory is a founding sponsor, is declaring its support of recent legislation and other efforts intended to alleviate the difficulties involved in cleaning up and redeveloping contaminated properties. Mr. Spinrad, who leads AGG’s Environmental Practice Team and chairs the Regulatory and Legislative Committee of the GBA, says that one of the main goals of the GBA is to create more flexibility in making brownfield sites economically appealing for cleanup and redevelopment.
The second article, titled “More property owners seek VRP solution” (subscription may be required to view), describes the creation of Georgia’s Voluntary Remediation Program, which took effect June 1, 2009, but has seen an increase in applications across the state in the past 18 months. According to the article, combining the features of the Voluntary Remediation Program and Georgia’s Hazardous Site Reuse and Redevelopment Act results in a more favorable outlook and competitive reinvestment opportunities for Georgia’s contaminated properties. Mr. Spinrad comments on the Voluntary Remediation Program requirements.