R.I. Receives $1.3 Million for Brownfield Projects

By ecoRI News staff

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $1.32 million in brownfield assessment, job training and clean-up grant funding to various Rhode Island municipalities and organizations. These federal brownfield grants provide communities with funding necessary to assess, clean up and ultimately redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment.

Here is the list of the municipalities and organizations that received funding:

City of Central Falls, $200,000, for cleanup of Central Falls Landing.

Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corp., $600,000, for cleanup of three parcels along Branch Street.

I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, $200,000, for cleanup of Parcel 30.

Groundwork Providence, $192,300, for job training.

East Bay Community Development Corp., $130,000, for brownfields assessment of a former nursery in Barrington.

In New England, since the beginning of the brownfields program, the EPA has awarded 334 assessment grants totaling $97 million, 68 revolving loan fund grants and supplemental funding totaling $85.2 million and 241 clean-up grants totaling $64.5 million. These grants have paved the way for more than $2.5 billion in public and private clean-up and redevelopment investment and for nearly 14,458 jobs in assessment, cleanup, construction and redevelopment, according to the EPA.