EPA is providing the City of Gloucester with $400,000 for two-community-wide assessment Brownfields grants, and providing the Ocean Alliance in Gloucester with a $200,000 cleanup grant to address contamination at the Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory.
The grant funding is part of $6.75 million in 33 separate Brownfields grants EPA is providing to help Massachusetts communities to assess, cleanup and redevelop abandoned or contaminated properties. The funding is part of more than $17 million in brownfields investments across the six New England states announced by EPA to protect health and the environment, create jobs and promote economic re-development in American communities.
"EPA Brownfields funding helps strengthen the economic foundation and is a catalyst for further growth in our communities," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA New England's office. "Cleaning and revitalizing contaminated sites helps create jobs, and can help a community to create new businesses and neighborhood centers, while making our environment cleaner and the community healthier."
"I was pleased to join the EPA, Mayor Kirk, Mayor Driscoll, Ocean Alliance Founder Roger Payne, and many others today to announce $400,000 in Brownfield Assessment Grants for the City of Gloucester and a $200,000 Brownfield Clean-up Grant for Ocean Alliance to continue restoration at the Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory. Both the City and Ocean Alliance are being awarded their first grants in these categories, and both received the maximum amount possible. I am proud to have supported both efforts and will continue to work with the EPA, local officials and businesses to clean up contaminated sites, put residents back to work and strengthen our community," Congressman John Tierney said.
Since the beginning of EPA's Brownfields Program, in New England alone EPA has awarded 296 assessment grants totaling $72.7 million, 62 revolving loan fund grants and supplemental funding totaling $68.4 million and 213 cleanup grants totaling $47 million. These grant funds have paved the way for more than $1.45 billion in public and private cleanup and redevelopment investment and for 9,756 jobs in assessment, cleanup, construction and redevelopment on over 2200 sites across New England.
The grant money can assist work to reclaim sites including old textile mills, sites containing hazardous substances and petroleum products and other abandoned industrial and commercial properties. EPA's Brownfields program encourages redevelopment of America's estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites.
Nationally, the figures are impressive: As of May 2012, EPA's brownfields assistance has leveraged more than $18.3 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding from a variety of public and private sources and helped create approximately 75,500 jobs. More than 18,000 properties have been assessed, and over 700 properties have been cleaned up. These investments and jobs target local, under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods -- places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed.