BRATTLEBORO, Vermont — Municipalities and organizations across the state will share $2 million in Brownfield Assessment and Cleanup Grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a press release.
The Brownfields grants help communities assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, noted the release.
"[The] EPA is proud to further assist Vermont and its citizens with this Brownfield funding. Cleaning and revitalizing contaminated sites helps create jobs, and can be the catalyst to create new businesses or village centers, all while making our environment cleaner and the community healthier," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA New England’s office. "This is just one way [the] EPA works to make a difference in communities all across New England."
Grants were awarded to the following groups:
- Town of Brattleboro: $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant
- Lamoille County Planning Commission: $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant
- Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission: $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant
- Northwest Regional Planning Commission: $200,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant
- Springfield Regional Development Corporation: $200,000 Brownfields Cleanup Grant
- Two-Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission: $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant
Vermont also chose three communities for participation in the Brownfield Economic Revitalization Alliance (BERA) program, stated the release. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Agency of Natural Resources and Agency of Transportation work together on the initiative to complete Brownfields projects more efficiently.
"I congratulate the communities of Bellows Falls, Springfield and Richmond for submitting successful applications to participate in the Brownfield Economic Revitalization Alliance program," shared Gov. Peter Shumlin in the release. "Given Vermont’s deep and commonly held understanding of the close relationship between our economic vitality and our environmental health, the BERA program is a model of the collaboration necessary to tackle the complex work of redeveloping contaminated sites."
You can find the entire release here.