Funding to focus on improving public health by cleaning up contaminated lands and fostering economic growth.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that a combined total of $2.35 million in federal funding has been awarded to five communities in Maine to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites. The federal grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide communities with the resources they need to clean up contaminated lands, which will improve public health and foster economic growth.
“The Brownfields Program has proven to be a major benefit to the overall health and redevelopment of Maine communities,” said Senators Collins and King. “We welcome this new EPA funding and applaud our local communities in their efforts to create a safer, healthier Maine environment and open up new economic opportunities across our state.”
The January 2017 assessment from the Economic Development Assessment Team (EDAT) – originally requested in March 2016 by Senators Collins and King – highlighted the importance of the Brownfields Program and its potential to leverage federal resources to redevelop former industrial sites, support the viability of impacted mill communities, and help to grow Maine’s rural economy.
A brownfield site is a property that contains a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant that can hinder the potential to reuse or redevelop the site. The EPA's Brownfields Program assists states and local communities as they assess, safely clean up, and reuse brownfield sites for economic development projects.
The funding is allocated as follows:
- City of Portland, ME: $500,000
- Greater Portland Council of Governments, ME: $500,000
- Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, ME: $500,000
- Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, ME: $350,000
- Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission, ME: $500,000