Governor Rell Announces EPA Brownfield Funding for 3 Projects
Montville Project Getting $220,000
Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the state will be distributing $540,000 in federal brownfield funding to help Montville and two other Connecticut towns assess and remediate brownfields for important economic and community development projects.
Brownfields - parcels of contaminated land, often former industrial sites - can be cleaned up and turned into economic development opportunities, open space and other productive uses.
In Montville, a total of $220,000 will go to clean up a parcel at 14 Bridge Street
"With this money, the necessary clean-up work can be done at the site," Governor Rell said. "Then the current tenant - Impulse Design Inc., a company that designs and assembles trade exhibits - can purchase the property and expand its business."
"With the global economic slump continuing to put enormous pressure on Connecticut families and employers, we are doing everything we can to help keep and create jobs," the Governor said. "Continued investment helps these communities capitalize on existing assets and lays the foundation for a strong recovery. That is really why brownfields are such an attractive proposition - we are taking property that is not 'working' at its full potential and converting it into a community resource that reduces sprawl, preserves natural resources and creates economic opportunity for all."
Governor Rell thanked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which provided $600,000 in supplemental funding to the state's Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund in August. The Department of Economic and Community Development, which administers the revolving loan fund, selected the projects.
Other projects will clean up the Remington Rand site in Middletown and complete environmental site assessments and remove underground storage tanks at a former textile mill and oil delivery service in Willimantic.