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City, Waterfall Arts awarded EPA Brownfields grants

Collins, King announce $6 million to clean up and redevelop contaminated industrial sites in Maine
Jun 05, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that a total of $6 million in federal brownfields funding has been awarded for the assessment and cleanup of 14 sites in Maine, more funding than any other state in the country this year.

The funds will aid under-served and economically disadvantaged communities around the state in assessing and cleaning up abandoned industrial and commercial properties. Awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the federal grants will assist local communities as they work to redevelop contaminated sites to improve the environment and promote future economic development.

Locally, the city of Belfast will receive $300,000 and Waterfall Arts of Belfast will get $350,000.

“The Brownfields Program has proven to be a major benefit to the overall health and vitality of Maine communities,” Maine Sens. Collins and King said in a joint statement. “In addition to cleaning up hazardous substances and improving our environment, this investment will help communities create new economic development opportunities to attract businesses that create good jobs for Mainers, particularly in rural areas.”

The January 2017 assessment from the Economic Development Assessment Team (EDAT) — originally requested by Republican Collins and Independent King in March 2016 — 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.

The Maine based grantees are among 151 grants awarded nationwide, totaling $64.6 million. The EPA Brownfields funding will provide communities with funding to assess underutilized and possibly contaminated properties that are being considered for redevelopment. EPA intends to award Brownfields grants to the following groups for sites in Maine:

- The city of Belfast, a $300,000 grant for community-wide site assessment. The city plans to use the funds to conduct nine environmental site assessments and develop four cleanup plans.

- Waterfall Arts, Belfast, a $350,000 cleanup grant. The funds will be used to clean up hazardous substances at the historic Waterfall Arts building at 256 High St. The building, which dates from 1935, is contaminated with metals, inorganic contaminants, PCBs and mercury.

- The Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine, Portland, a $500,000 cleanup grant.

- The city of Lewiston, a $500,000 cleanup grant.

- The town of Lincoln, a $350,000 grant for assessment at the Lincoln Pulp & Paper site.

- The town of Lincoln, a $300,000 grant for community-wide assessment.

- The Maine Port Authority, Portland, a $500,000 cleanup grant.

- The Marble Block Redevelopment Corp., Biddeford, a $500,000 cleanup grant.

- The city of Old Town, a $300,000 assessment grant.

- The Portland Housing Authority, a $500,000 cleanup grant.

- The city of Sanford, a $800,000 multipurpose grant.

- The South Portland Housing Development Corp., a $500,000 cleanup grant.

- The city of South Portland, a $300,000 assessment grant.

- The Washington County Council of Governments, a $300,000 assessment grant.

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.



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