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Conn., Maine and N.H. Share $1.7 Million EPA Funding For Property Revitalization

Release Date: 06/12/2008
Contact Information: EPA Public Affairs, (617) 918-1010

(Boston, Mass. – June 12, 2008) – Three New England states, Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire, were among sixteen state and local governments selected by EPA for “supplemental grants” to help return “brownfields” properties to productive use.
Of the nationwide funding – more than $6.3 million – the three New England state groups will reap $1.7 million for brownfields cleanup revolving loans. Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

“For years now, EPA’s brownfields grants have planted the seeds for environmental and economic success in New England,” said Robert Varney, regional administrator for EPA’s New England office. “These funds will help nurture problem properties into sources of local pride.”

The following New England state and local governments have been selected to receive the brownfields supplemental money:

Connecticut
City of Bridgeport ($500,000)

Maine
City of Bath ($400,000)
City of Brewer ($300,000)

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services ($500,000)

EPA’s Brownfields program provides annual funding opportunities for state, local and tribal governments to make low interest loans and subgrants that fund cleanup activities at brownfields sites. Since 1994, EPA has provided nearly $170 million in grants and other funding for site evaluations, job training and cleanup loan programs to dozens of communities and agencies in New England.

More information:

Brownfields cleanup revolving loan fund pilots and grants: (epa.gov/brownfields/rlflst.htm)

EPA’s Brownfields program in New England (epa.gov/region1/brownfields/index.htm)
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