EPA gives grants to clean up land in Maine, Mass.

Posted Oct. 16, 2010, at 2:12 p.m.

BOSTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded grants of $175,000 to help clean up industrial sites in Maine and Massachusetts.

The grants will be used for “brownfields” in Lowell and Chicopee, Mass., and Sanford, Maine. Brownfields are industrial and commercial sites that may be contaminated by hazardous chemicals or pollutants.

The grants are part of an award of $4 million to 23 communities to develop area-wide plans for the reuse of brownfields properties.

EPA’s Brownfields program is designed to revitalize such sites to productive community properties.

The $175,000 awards are given to help facilitate community involvement in developing an area-wide plan for a brownfields-impacted area, such as a neighborhood, district, city block or corridor. The assistance will be provided through grant funding or agency support.