Augusta gets $400,000 to clean up mill site

Posted June 09, 2011, at 10 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An official says a $400,000 federal grant should be enough to complete the cleanup of a former industrial site along Maine’s Kennebec River in Augusta.

City Development Director Michael Duguay says that so far, the assessment of the former Statler Tissue Mill has found it to be relatively clean, although there are spots in the soil that contain residual amounts of PCBs and heavy petroleum.

Duguay says the $400,000 will be used to dig up the contaminated soil and haul it away.

The 17-acre site was seized by the city in 2009 for nonpayment of taxes.

The Kennebec Journal says the city hopes to sell the site for redevelopment.

Proposed redevelopment plans are due Friday.