On May 21,2016 Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced that Maine will receive $7,340,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Program to assess and cleanup polluted properties throughout the state.
“Brownfield grants have been absolutely critical in helping Maine communities move forward by cleaning up sites contaminated by former industrial uses so they can be redeveloped. Both directly and indirectly, they have created and supported many jobs throughout the state,” said Pingree. “I’m very glad that these communities will receive funds to boost economic development and protect environmental health.”
Projects in Pingree’s District—which covers Southern, Midcoast, and parts of Central Maine—accounted for $4.14 million of the total. Nine other projects in Maine also received funding.
Pingree is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, which oversees funding for EPA programs.
Details on projects in Pingree’s District below.
- Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission, $820,000 (revolving loan fund for Prime Tanning site in Berwick)
- Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission, $200,000 (assessment for Prime Tanning)
- Town of Berwick, $500,000 (cleanup for Prime Tanning)
- Marble Block Redevelopment Corp., $200,000 (assessment for Prime Tanning)
- Greater Portland Council of Governments, $400,000 (assessment)
- City of Portland, $800,000 (revolving loan fund)
- City of Gardiner, $200,000 (assessment)
- City of Gardiner, $200,000 (cleanup)
- Midcoast Economic Development District, $820,000 (revolving loan fund)