STAFF: susan mcmahon
Brownfields are land and buildings whose expansion, redevelopment, or reuse
may be complicated by the presence or potential presence
of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
The Windham Region Brownfields Reuse Initiative (WRBRI) was established in 2000 with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since that time we have been working hard to promote vibrant communities by facilitating brownfields redevelopment.
EPA recently announced that the Windham Regional Commission will receive $400,000 in EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant funds (petroleum and hazardous substances) and 1 million dollars to establish a Revolving Loan Fund for Brownfields Clean Up.
Now Accepting Applications for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund
The Windham Regional Commission is accepting applicants for the Windham Region Brownfields Reuse Initiative Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (WRBRI-RLF). The WRBRI-RLF provides loans and grants to facilitate cleanup of contaminated properties (brownfields) in the towns of the Windham Regional Commission’s (WRC) service area. The purpose of this program is to assist in the revitalization of these properties to promote jobs and a cleaner environment for the communities in the WRC Region. It is intended that these loans and grants will fill funding gaps needed for the successful cleanup and ultimate redevelopment of Brownfields. Loan funds are available to public, private and nonprofit owners who comply with the eligibility requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency; grants are available to eligible municipalities and nonprofit owners of brownfield properties.
Property owners or prospective purchasers of brownfield properties must fill out the eligibility form to determine whether the property is eligible to receive EPA funds. Once EPA approval has been granted to a site, the applicant will be notified and will then fill out Part B of the application form (coming soon).”
WRC, State Celebrate Grant Awards with Gov. Shumlin and EPA
Governor Shumlin and EPA Region I Administrator Curt Spaulding visited Guilford in July to present $2 million in EPA Brownfields grants: $600,000 to the State of Vermont, and $1.4 million to the Windham Regional Commission. This funding allows both the State and the WRC to continue their successful programs assessing, cleaning up, and redeveloping Brownfield sites.