EPA Grants Help Return Blighted Properties to Productive Reuse and Promote Economic Redevelopment
BOSTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) traveled to Somersworth, N.H. to celebrate the six N.H. towns among 144 communities across the United States to benefit from EPA funding for brownfield site revitalization efforts.
“EPA is very proud of our robust and effective Brownfields program here in New England,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn. “EPA Brownfields funding has made a tangible and lasting difference in hundreds of communities, helping citizens and civic leaders to revitalize abandoned or underutilized properties, and return them to productive use for people to enjoy.”
“New Hampshire greatly appreciates EPA’s continued support for Brownfields assessment and cleanup work throughout our state,” said New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Robert Scott. “Environmental site assessments provide communities the information they need to position contaminated properties for subsequent cleanup. The cleanup of contaminated properties often serves as a catalyst for both public and private investment in the communities in which they are located.”
EPA will award Brownfields grants to the following groups for work in New Hampshire:
- Somersworth, with a $200,000 Cleanup Grant to remove contaminants from the former Breton Cleaners property;
- Southwest Regional Planning Commission, serving Hinsdale and Winchester, with a $200,000 Community-wide Assessment Grant.
- North Country Council Inc., serving Berlin, Colebrook and Northumberland, with a $300,000 Community-wide Assessment Grant;
The N.H. based grantees are among 221 grants awarded nationwide, totaling $54.3 million. The EPA Brownfields funding will provide communities with funding to assess, clean up, and redevelop underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment.
EPA’s Brownfields grants to New Hampshire this year are among another significant annual investment by EPA to help New England communities address brownfield properties. Across the six New England states this year, EPA is awarding 26 grants totaling $8.35 million, which will help up to 75 communities undertake work assessing or cleaning brownfields.