You see them all along the Route 8 corridor. A hazardous environmental waste site. An eyesore to passersby. A hindrance to redevelopment. A source of unrealized tax revenue. A relic of Connecticut\u2019s industrial past. Brownfields \u2013 old, abandoned factory sites \u2013 are all over our state, including right in downtown Shelton. And it\u2019s one of my missions in Congress to get them cleaned up and repurposed. Earlier this year, I joined Mayor Mark Lauretti to tour some of Shelton\u2019s brownfields, including the old Chromium Process building on Canal Street. I saw firsthand what the city of Shelton has been able to do with redevelopment, particularly with the beautiful Avalon apartments built on the site of a defunct asphalt plant and the plans to redevelop the old Spongex building. But I also saw missed opportunities with the brownfields sites\u2014right next to the Riverwalk and near downtown shops and restaurants. The unfortunate reality is restoring brownfields is expensive and tedious. Years and years of manufacturing activity have left these sites contaminated with pollutants like lead and PCBs. Before they can be redeveloped, developers must carefully clean up the contamination, making sure that none of it spreads to the soil or nearby rivers. Unlike a typical property redevelopment process, this two-step process is costlier and more complicated, scaring off potential developers. This isn\u2019t a problem that\u2019s unique to Connecticut, but it\u2019s a more acute problem here and in states across the northeast. The northeast was the lifeblood of the Industrial Revolution. What we did 100 years ago in manufacturing generated unparalleled economic benefits for our country and paved the way for manufacturing across the country. But our scars are still showing, so I\u2019m working hard to show my colleagues in Congress the public and private benefits of redeveloping brownfields. On the Senate Appropriations Committee, I\u2019ve secured millions of dollars in federal grants from the Environmental Protection Agency for local cities and towns in Connecticut to help pay for the remediation process. I\u2019ve also introduced the\u00a0CLEAN UP Act, a bill that renews two expired tax credits that would allow developers to deduct the cost of clean-up and more accurately assess the tax value of the land. We need to be smarter about making sure a costly price tag doesn\u2019t drive developers away from the very properties cities and towns need redeveloped the most. I view my job in Congress as a problem-solver who cuts through red tape to make it easier for communities to prosper and grow jobs. For far too long, brownfields have held our communities back. I want to help community leaders reclaim that potential and create reinvigorated downtowns with affordable housing and new jobs. And I want make sure that these old abandoned factories aren\u2019t the only signs our kids see of Connecticut\u2019s manufacturing footprint. I\u2019m committed to doing everything I can to kick-start brownfields clean-up. Let\u2019s get to work.