Pawtucket, C.F. get big share of EPA cleanup funds

Pawtucket, C.F. get big share of EPA cleanup funds

The Environmental Protection Agency last week awarded more than $10.3 million in Brownfield grants to municipalities and organizations working to protect people's health by assessing and cleaning up contaminated parcels in local communities, and $1 million of that came to Rhode Island.

The grants, funded by the EPA's Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grant program, provide communities with funding necessary to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment.

* The Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation will receive $600,000 in cleanup grants for vacant properties at 18 and 24 Branch St. and 10 East St.

* The city of Central Falls will receive a $200,000 cleanup grant for Central Falls Landing (the site of the Blackstone Valley Explorer riverboat) at 1420 Broad St. * The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will get $200,000 in cleanup grants for parcel 30 of the I-95 Redevelopment District).

"EPA's Brownfields program is a proven asset helping local communities to get abandoned or derelict properties assessed, cleaned up and returned to productive use. This is just one way EPA works to make a difference in communities all across New England," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England office.

In New England, since the beginning of the Brownfields program, EPA has awarded 334 assessment grants totaling $97 million, 68 revolving loan fund grants and supplemental funding totaling $85.2 million, and 241 cleanup grants totaling $64.5 million.