The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $6.75 million in Brownfields grants to help communities in Massachusetts assess, cleanup, and redevelop contaminated sites.
The funds are part of the $17 million the EPA has issued in Brownfields funds in the six New England states for 2012. These funds will help protect health and the environment, create new jobs, and help communities with redevelopment projects.
The funds can be used to reclaim sites including old textile mills, sites where hazardous materials have been discovered, and other industrial and commercial worksites that have been vacant for years. The program encourages the redevelopment of an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated areas.
"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."