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May 13, 2013

EPA awards Maine $3.6M for cleanup work

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Maine $3.6 million in grants to clean up and redevelop contaminated land.

The majority of that money — around $2.6 million — will go toward assessment grants for certain municipalities and regions, according to a press release from U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King.

The areas receiving assessment grants are:

  • City of Belfast, $200,000
  • Eastern Maine Development Corp., $400,000
  • City of Gardiner, $400,000
  • Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, $400,000
  • Midcoast Economic Development District, $400,000
  • Passamaquoddy Tribe, $200,000
  • Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, $400,000

The Greater Portland Council of Governments also will receive $800,000 in a Revolving Loan Fund grant; the city of Biddeford will get $200,000 for cleaning up the former Florida Power & Light site along the Saco River, according to the Portland Press Herald; and Brewer Redevelopment LLC will get $200,000 through two site cleanup grants.

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