WASHINGTON — A total of $6,150,000 in federal funding has been awarded for the assessment and cleanup of several brownfield sites in Maine, U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced Wednesday. The federal grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will assist in the revitalization of the Brownfield sites for future economic investments and environmental benefit.
The grant funding is bolstered by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which Snowe and Collins, and a bipartisan group of senators, helped craft earlier this year.
A brownfield is a property that contains a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant, which hinders the potential to reuse or redevelop the site. The EPA’s Brownfields Program helps states and local communities assess, safely clean up and reuse brownfields for economic development projects.
The federal funding is being allocated as follows:
— $1 million revolving loan fund grant to the Northern Maine Development Commission.
— $1 million revolving loan fund grant to the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission.
— $200,000 in cleanup grant funding to the Museum L-A, Lewiston.
— $200,000 in cleanup grant funding to the town of Orono.
— $600,000 in assessment and cleanup grant funding to the town of Sanford.
— $350,000 assessment grant to the city of Augusta.
— $200,000 assessment grant to the city of Bath.
— $200,000 assessment grant to the city of Lewiston.
— $600,000 assessment grants to the town of Howland.
— $200,000 assessment grant to the town of Windham.
— $200,000 assessment grant to the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point.
— $200,000 assessment grant to the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council.
— $400,000 assessment grant to the Washington County Council of Governments.
— $400,000 in assessment grants to the Greater Portland Council of Governments.
— $400,000 in assessment grants to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.