EPA has provided additional grants of $4.3 million in supplemental funding for communities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont to carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects at contaminated Brownfields properties. The projects will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment.

The supplemental funds will support an array of cleanup and redevelopment projects in the following New England locations:

Connecticut
–    City of Bridgeport – $400,000
–    REX Development – $250,000
Maine
–    Maine Dept. of Economic & Community Development – $700,000
–    Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission – $500,000
Massachusetts
–    City of Somerville – $300,000
–    Berkshire Regional Planning Commission – $500,000
Vermont
–    Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission – $250,000
–    Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development – $700,000
–    Northwest Regional Planning Commission – $200,000
–    Windham Regional Commission – $500,000

“This EPA funding will go to communities with a proven track record for successfully cleaning up and redeveloping local brownfield sites. EPA’s Brownfields program here in New England has a long history of helping to boost local economies, creating skilled well-paying local jobs, all while protecting people’s health and our communities,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator for EPA’s New England office. “The grantees receiving supplemental funding this year continue to demonstrate a high-level of preparedness to undertake specific shovel ready projects and have the committed leveraged funds necessary to move projects forward.”

The $4.3 million announced in the four New England states is part of approximately $13.2 million nationally EPA has made available for supplemental brownfield funding under EPA’s Brownfields revolving loan fund (RLF). Across the U.S., supplemental RLF funding will be given to 31 successful RLF grantees helping 44 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects. Many of the RLF cleanups are in under-served and economically disadvantages neighborhoods – places where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed.