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By PBN Staff
By PBN Staff
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive more than $2.7 million to clean up properties in Pawtucket, Providence and Westerly that have been designated “brownfields,” where expansion or redevelopment is prevented due to hazardous pollutants or contaminants, the state’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday.
The funds were awarded under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup grant program, an initiative designed to encourage communities to prevent, assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse brownfield sites. The EPA distributed 48 separate grants totaling $17.5 million to municipalities and organizations working to clean up brownfields in New England communities, part of a $67 million investment nationwide.
“This federal funding will help local partners redevelop and restore these sites to productive use,” said Sen. Jack Reed, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees federal funding for all EPA programs. “Not only will this federal investment help protect public health and the environment, but it will also allow communities to work in partnership to generate job growth, increase surrounding property values and strengthen the local economy.”
Since the inception of the Brownfields grant program, the EPA has awarded 315 assessment grants totaling $90.5 million in New England, as well as 68 revolving loan fund grants totaling $85.2 million and 222 cleanup grants totaling $60.7 million. These grant funds have paved the way for more than $2.2 billion in public and private cleanup and redevelopment investment and for nearly 14,000 jobs in assessment, cleanup, construction and redevelopment, the EPA said.
The following Rhode Island projects, organizations and municipalities have received federal brownfield cleanup and redevelopment grants in this round of awards:
For more information about the EPA’s brownfields work in New England, visit www.epa.gov.