The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says 11 communities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire will share about $3.6 million to clean up contaminated former industrial sites for redevelopment.
The agency's brownfields revolving loan fund is providing loans and sub-grants to help clean up the sites. The grants are between $200,000 and $400,000 with an average grant award of $300,000.
Nationally, there are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated sites.
Recipients include the Connecticut cities of Bridgeport and New Haven and the town of Winchester; the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission and Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, the cities of Taunton and Worcester in Massachusetts and the city of Nashua, N.H., Regional Economic Development Center of Southern New Hampshire and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
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