EPA giving Maine communities $3.8 million to assist with brownfield cleanup projects

Posted June 04, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.

BOSTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is providing Maine $3.8 million in brownfields grants to aid communities with cleanup, assessment and redevelopment of abandoned or contaminated properties, the agency announced Tuesday.

The funding is part of more than $62 million in EPA brownfields investments throughout the country.

The grant money can be used to assist work to reclaim sites including old textile mills, sites containing hazardous substances and petroleum products and other abandoned industrial and commercial properties.

The following Maine entities will receive funds: Belfast, $200,000; Biddeford, $200,000, Brewer Redevelopment, $200,000; Eastern Maine Development Corp., $400,000; Greater Portland Council of Governments, $800,000; Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, $400,000; Midcoast Economic Development District, $400,000; the Passamaquoddy Tribe, $200,000; and the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, $400,000

The EPA has awarded 295 assessment grants totaling $84.1 million in New England since the beginning of the brownfields program.

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