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May 24, 2024

$33M in federal funds will help clean up contamination at 13 Maine sites

A total of $33 million in federal brownfields funding will help pay for assessing and cleaning up 13 contaminated sites across Maine.

The grants, awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will assist nonprofits, municipalities and public agencies as they work to redevelop the properties.

A brownfield site is a property that contains a hazardous substance, pollution 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 work to convert sites for economic development projects.

“The Brownfields Program has proven to be a major benefit to the overall health of Maine communities,” said U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in a news release.

“In addition to cleaning up hazardous substances and improving our environment, these investments will help communities create new development opportunities to attract businesses, provide good housing, and create good jobs for Mainers.

U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, added, "The Brownfields Program has been critical to Maine, helping local communities promote redevelopment efforts and drive economic growth ... In addition to cleaning up hazardous substances and improving our environment, this investment will help Maine communities create new economic development opportunities to attract businesses that create good jobs for Maine people.

"This funding will build on past successes and help these communities move forward into the future.”

The funding is being allocated as follows:

  • Caleb Foundation, Oxford: $500,000
  • Eastern Maine Development Corp.: $3 million
  • Kennebec Valley Council of Governments: $500,000
  • Town of Lincoln: $5 million
  • Maine Department of Economic & Community Development: $3.5 million
  • Our Katahdin: $5 million
  • Piscataquis County Economic Development Council: $1 million
  • Portland Housing Development Corp.: $1 million
  • City of Sanford: $5.5 million
  • Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission: $500,000
  • SMPDC Supplemental Grant: $3.5 million
  • City of Westbrook: $4 million.

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