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Vermont to receive nearly $1.5 million in Brownfields grants.

The EPA recently announced that Vermont is the recipient of nearly $1.5 million in EPA brownfields grants. The funds will go to six separate entities and are a combination of assessment, cleanup and revolving loan fund (RLF) grants.

The Rutland Regional Planning Commission is the recipient of a $200,000 assessment grant that will help assist cities and towns throughout southwestern Vermont. Rutland RPC has been a brownfields grantee since 2003, and with this award, they will have received $1.6 million dollars in Brownfields funding.

The next two grantees are nonprofit organizations receiving $200,000 apiece in cleanup grants. The Springfield Regional Development Corporation will use their funds to to remediate environmental contamination at the former Jones & Lamson Plant 1 site. This funding is being combined with two additional cleanup subgrants funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These subgrants, funded by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission, bring the total brownfields cleanup funding leveraged for this project to over $775,000.

The Bellows Falls Historical Society is the second grantee to receive the $200,000 cleanup grant. They plan to use these funds to continue their efforts toward completing the Bellows Falls Historic Riverfront Park and Trail System. This is the second clean grant the Historical Society has received, and funding from the grant will go towards Phase II of this environmental cleanup and restoration project.

Lastly are two grantees receiving supplemental funding for their on-going Revolving Loan Fund programs. The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission is receiving $400,000 in supplemental funding, bringing their Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund grant to nearly $1.8 million dollars. The additional funding will continue to go towards cleanup and redevelopment projects in their region, including sites such as the former Perkinsville School in Weathersfield VT.

In addition, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development is receiving $450,000 in supplemental funding to bring their Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund grant to $2,450,000. This funding will continue to go towards cleanup and redevelopment projects throughout Vermont, including sites such as the Prospect Street Redevelopment project in White River Junction.

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Publication:Hazardous Waste Superfund Alert
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Date:Sep 27, 2012
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