June 19, 2018
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Piscataquis County awarded $1 million in cleanup grants

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Piscataquis County was awarded $1 million in grants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up hazardous materials, the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council announced on Friday.

The first grant of $800,000 will be a Revolving Loan Fund administered by the council. The other grant of $200,000 to the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society will be used to clean up lead paint and asbestos in the renovation of Central Hall at 152 East Main St. in Dover-Foxcroft.

“[The grant] brings us another step closer to rehabilitating Central Hall for continued community use and preservation of one of Dover-Foxcroft’s historical treasures,” said Dr. Kenneth Woodbury Jr., community development director for the council, in a statement.

The Revolving Loan Fund can provide loans and subgrants for cleanup efforts for sites contaminated with hazardous materials and petroleum, the council said in a statement. A total of $650,000 of the fund has been designated for hazardous materials cleanup, while $150,000 is allocated for petroleum cleanup.

Nine counties and communities in Maine received $4,150,000 in grants from the EPA for cleanup, assessment and revolving loan funds.

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