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EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site 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. The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002, as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2018, was passed to help states and communities around the country clean up and revitalize brownfields sites. Under this law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal response programs through a separate mechanism.

Cleanup Grants

$254,000 for hazardous substances

$146,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the Town of Hancock for two brownfields cleanup grants. Hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to clean up Parcels 1 and 2 of the former Hancock-Ellsworth Tannery (HET) site at 49 Tannery Road. The HET site was first developed as an active tannery that operated from the 1950s to the early 1970s, when it was converted to a storage facility. Storage operations at the site were abandoned in the 1990s, and the site has been vacant since. Parcel 1, a 3.6-acre lot that houses the 71,360 square-foot tannery building, is contaminated with inorganic contaminants, PCBs, metals, semi-volatile organic compounds, and chromium-impacted sludge. Parcel 2, a 13.8-acre lot that contains two former tannery treatment lagoons, is contaminated with petroleum from leaking underground and aboveground storage tanks, and volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds. Grant funds of both types also will be used to conduct community outreach activities and develop a reuse plan for the site.


For further information, including specific grant contacts, additional grant information, brownfields news and events, and publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/brownfields).

EPA Region 1 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 1 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-connecticut-maine-massachusetts-new-hampshire-rhode#pane-1)

Grant Recipient: Town of Hancock, ME

The information presented in this fact sheet comes from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. The cooperative agreement for the grant has not yet been negotiated. Therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.

April 2018
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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