**NEW** Brownfields Funding Available and New Videos
AROOSTOOK COUNTY — Funding is still available for Brownfield environmental site assessments in Aroostook County, but property owners, municipalities and others need to nominate sites for possible review.
A Brownfield is real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which, may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. EPA’s Brownfields Program assists states and local communities to assess, safely clean up, and reuse Brownfields for economic development projects.
Jay Kamm, Senior Planner at Northern Maine Development Commission, said there is funding left for both Phase I and Phase II assessments. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is a historical and record review of the property and a looks into the history of what the land has been used for in the past to see if any activities at the property could have caused on-site contamination. A Phase II Environmental Site Assessment, if needed, involves a more detailed examination of the property, such as ground water and soil sampling, to determine if contamination actually does exists on the property.
“This is all about closing the loop and getting these Brownfields identified, cleaned up and hopefully redeveloped,” Kamm said.
A Brownfield steering committee made up of realtors, bankers, health and environmental officials, ranks and scores the sites to see which properties are eligible for the Brownfield Assessment Program.
Municipalities or landowners that want more information are urged to contact Kamm at NMDC at (207) 498-8736. And to learn more about Brownfields, two new videos have been added to the NMDC Brownfields page at www.nmdc.org/planning/brownfields.html.mdc.org/planning/brownfields.
EDA Planning Grant Awarded to NMDC
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award three Economic Development District Planning grants to Maine organizations totaling $210,000.
Northern Maine Development Commission, The Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments and Eastern Maine Development Corporation will each receive $70,000 to help create an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy to support private capital investment and job creation in their respective regions.
“By supporting the establishment of regional economic development plans, these grants will help communities build roadmaps to attract investment, create jobs, and strengthen our regional economies,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement.
These EDA planning investments will support comprehensive economic development strategies (CEDS) for the three regions served by the Maine organizations.
The CEDS bring together public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economies.
For Aroostook and Washington counties, this funding provides for NMDC staff time, in support of the Aroostook Partnership for Progress’ Mobilize Northern Maine process, which is the source for the CEDS strategies and focus.
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Loan Review Committee
NMDC in Caribou.
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NMDC Executive Board meeting
NMDC in Caribou.
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Maine PTAC Workshop-Understanding Bids: How to Read and Respond
Washington County Community College. Contact Dana Delano at 521-5840 for more information.