EPA Awards Brownfields Funds for Two Windham Region Projects
EPA recently announced the award of more than $17.48 million in Brownfield grants to municipalities and organizations working to protect people’s health by assessing and cleaning up contaminated parcels in New England communities. In the Windham Region, EPA is awarding $475,000 clean up grants were awarded for two projects in Rockingham.
The Village of Saxtons River was awarded $275,000 for the former Sandri Property/River Mill Park Sites. Bellows Falls Historical Society (BFHS) was awarded $200,000 for the “Poet’s Seat.” The Poet’s Seat is the last phase of BFHS Historic Riverfront Park and Trail System, which had previously received $400,000 of EPA Cleanup Grants. Both projects have worked with WRC’s Brownfield program through environmental assessment and clean up planning phases.
The grants, funded by EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grant program, provide communities with
funding necessary to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies, and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. In the six New England states, EPA is awarding 48 separate grants to 46 different recipient organizations. The funding is part of $67 million in EPA Brownfields investments awarded across the country.
“Funding provided by EPA’s Brownfields program is an important asset for local communities working to get abandoned or derelict properties assessed, cleaned up, and back into productive use,” said Curt Spalding, Regional Administrator of EPA’s New England office. “EPA’s investments in our communities through Brownfields grants leverage an average of approximately $17 for every dollar we spend.
This is a wise investment in cleaning and revitalizing contaminated sites, creating jobs and new economic opportunities, and overall making our communities stronger and our environment cleaner.”