EPA New England to Fund Brownfield Redevelopment

EPA New England to Fund Brownfield Redevelopment

a href=http://www.greenbiz.com/frame/1.cfm?targetsite=http://www.epa.gov/region... New England has announced that it will spend $2.25 million in grants to help assess, clean, and redevelop abandoned, contaminated sites throughout the region.

"These grants will bring much needed momentum to community brownfields programs all across New England," said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator for EPA's New England office. "Dozens of contaminated sites all across New England have already been successfully restored through this program. The money we offer to the communities in our region today ensures even more successes down the road."

Under the EPA's Brownfields Assessment Program, communities receive funding to assess contamination at abandoned and vacant sites, and to estimate the costs of cleaning up sites for redevelopment. Communities also receive funding to establish revolving loan programs allowing them to provide low interest loans to clean up these sites. Once assessed and cleaned, these sites can be put back into productive use by the community.

"Reclaiming America's brownfields properties is an effective way to help revitalize and reinvigorate our nation's blighted neighborhoods while at the same time preventing urban sprawl," said EPA administrator Christie Whitman.

The New England projects selected for these grants include: the clean up of the 72-acre former Century Brass Products facility that is contaminated with PCBs and is near the confluence of two rivers; a redevelopment project in downtown Northampton Mass. targeting three former industrial sites; and assessment and clean-up planning to address brownfields in upland coastal communities in New Hampshire.