DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Piscataquis County has money available to assess land previously used for industrial purposes that may have potential contamination but could be reused if cleaned up.
A public forum to discuss these sites, called brownfields, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Penquis Higher Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft.
Thomas Kittredge, executive director of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, which is sponsoring the forum, has enlisted the aid of Ransom Environmental Consultants of Portland to do the assessments.
All municipal officials, planning board members and private landowners who may know of sites that fit the brownfields criteria which includes a threat to public health, the potential for redevelopment, and compatibility of the site with local master plans, are encouraged to attend.
Kittredge said the PCEDC received a $200,000 grant to fund the assessments and to pay the consulting firm. The consultants will conduct an inventory of the brownfields sites in Piscataquis County and present the list to the selection committee composed of Kittredge, Erik Stumpfel and Dr. Ken Woodbury of the PCEDC. The selection will be made based on certain criteria.
Brownfields assessments have been conducted at the former Moosehead Manufacturing Co. plant, Brown’s Mill, the privately owned McArthur property, all of which are in Dover-Foxcroft and downtown Milo.
The assessment project has three phases: a record search of selected sites, testing, and some reuse and cleanup planning. The actual cleanup of any of the sites would require a separate grant, according to Kittredge. If the property is privately owned, a revolving loan fund could be established.