SHELTON, Conn. — The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $15,994,000 in Brownfield grants to municipalities and organizations working in all six New England states, including $200,000 to the city of Shelton, to protect people’s health by assessing and cleaning up contaminated parcels in New England communities.
The grants, funded by EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grant program, provide communities with the funding they need to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. In the six New England states, EPA is awarding 38 separate grants to 35 different organizations.
“EPA’s Brownfields program has helped assess abandoned or derelict properties in communities across the region, cleaning them so they can return to productive use,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “When we put a dollar into brownfields, the community gets back $17 in the jobs and economic opportunities. Cleaning and revitalizing contaminated sites not only makes our communities cleaner, it also makes economic sense.”
Since the beginning of the Brownfields program, EPA has awarded 374 assessment grants in New England totaling $99.1 million, 73 revolving loan fund grants and supplemental funding totaling $90 million and 261 cleanup grants totaling $66.7 million. The grant funds have paved the way for more than $1.4 billion in public and private cleanup and redevelopment investment and for nearly 8,859 jobs in assessment, cleanup, construction and redevelopment.
These investments and jobs target local, under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods – places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed.
In Connecticut, the following Brownfields grants were awarded for a total of $1,184,000:
- City of Shelton, $200,000 (cleanup)
- Northwest Regional WIB, $200,000 (job training)
- Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, $400,000 (assessment)
- City of Norwich, $384,000 (assessment)
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