More than $7 million in federal money has been awarded to 16 Maine municipalities and organizations to redevelop contaminated sites.

The money is being directed to assess and clean up brownfield sites so those properties can be used for future economic investment and to mitigate environmental damage caused by past contamination. A brownfield site is property that contains a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant, which hinders its potential reuse.

The $7,340,000 award was announced Friday by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which awarded the grants, will assist local communities to redevelop the contaminated sites, according to a release from the senators’ offices.

Receiving grants are:

• Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission: $820,000 (revolving loan fund) and $300,000 (assessment)

• Town of Berwick: $600,000 (cleanup for Prime Tanning)

• Marble Block Redevelopment Corp.: $200,000 (cleanup)

• Greater Portland Council of Governments: $400,000 (assessment)

• City of Portland: $800,000 (revolving loan fund)

• Town of Lisbon: $200,000 (assessment)

• City of Gardiner: $200,000 (assessment) and $200,000 (cleanup)

• Town of Wilton: $200,000 (cleanup)

• Midcoast Economic Development District: $820,000 (revolving loan fund)

• City of Belfast: $400,000 (assessment)

• City of Old Town: $400,000 (assessment)

• Eastern Maine Development Corp.: $400,000 (assessment)

• Hancock County Planning Commission: $400,000 (assessment)

• Piscataquis County Economic Development Council: $400,000 (assessment)

• Northern Maine Development Commission: $200,000 (assessment)

• Washington County Council of Governments: $400,000 (assessment)


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