The town of Wiscasset was one of several communities and agencies in Maine chosen to receive a combined $3.2 million in federal funding to assess and cleanup 10 brownfields sites across the state.

Wiscasset was awarded a total of $400,000 — $200,000 for Mason Station Ash Ponds lots 82 and 83 and $200,000 for lots 84 and 85. The grants are awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“The opportunity to re-purpose this property will result in a boost in our local economy and spur growth and private investments in our community,” Town Manager Marian Anderson said in an email to the Coastal Journal.

“Cleaning up and putting this property back into productive use will strengthen our local economy by bringing new businesses and job opportunities to our town, county and state.”

The money will assist the local communities as they work to redevelop these contaminated sites to promote environmental integrity and future economic investment, according to a joint statement by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine.

“The cleanup and proper disposal of hazardous waste not only enhances the safety of our communities, it creates new opportunities for economic development and job creation,” the senators said.

“We are pleased that the EPA has designated these sites throughout Maine as recipients of vital federal funding for the revitalization of brownfield sites, and we welcome their continued investment.”

A brownfield site is a property that contains a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant that hinders the potential to reuse or redevelop the site. The EPA’s Brownfields Program assists states and local communities as they assess, safely clean up, and reuse brownfields sites for economic development projects, the statement said.

The other recipients of funding includes:

  • Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments: $800,000
  • Town of Camden: $200,000
  • Greater Portland Council of Governments: $300,000
  • Town of Hancock: $400,000
  • Kennebec Valley Council of Governments: $200,000
  • Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission: $200,000
  • City of Portland: $200,000
  • City of Sanford: $300,000
  • Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission: $200,000.
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