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To date, the WCCOG Brownfields program has conducted environmental assessments of 26 properties.  Our work has smoothed the way for property transactions, promoted site redevelopment, and improved understanding and management of environmental risk.   See Stories 
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Debris in boiler house found to contain asbestos
After asbestos abatement
Two-story boiler house, identified for salt storage
Conveniet indoor storage of road salt by T&J Logging
5/20/16  WCCOG Brownields Program Awarded New $400,000 Grant
On May 20, the US Environmental Protection Agency Announced the award of over $7 million to assess and cleanup Brownfields sites in Maine.  The funding included as $400,000 grant to the WCCOG for assessment of Brownfields sites potentially impacted by petroleum and hazardous materials.  The grant marks the 4th round of assessment funds awarded to the WCCOG Brownfields program. 
3/11/16  WCCOG Lends Support to Columbian Factory Cleanup in Lubec
WCCOG continues to support the ongoing cleanup of the former Columbian Factory in Lubec with administrative and technical support.  Judy East, WCCOG Executive Director and Brownfields Program Coordinator,is assisting John Sutherland, Lubec Town Administrator, with management of the small town's first ever Brownfields grant.  WCCOG will also support the project with community outreach, public meeting coordination and planning expertise.  In May 2015, Lubec was awarded a $400,000 EPA Brownfields grant for environmental remediation of the former cannery located at 135 Main Street near Lubec's village.  Project Documents can be found:  Lubec Cleanup Documents
3/4/16  Maine DEP Issues Certificate of Closure for Schopee's Garage
WCCOG is pleased to announce official closure of the Schoppee's Garage cleanup project.  On March 4, Maine DEP issued a Committioner's Certificate of Closure, marking approval of the cleanup action undertaken.  WCCOG, the Town of Jonesboro and the Northern Maine Development Commission collaborated to provide administration, funding and technical support for remediation of the former gas station.  Additional improvements to the site, incuiding river access and parking, will be undertaken with funding recently awarded by the Maine Department of Transportation.
2/15/16  WCCOG underway with Phase I ESA at Milbridge Theater
WCCOG is completing an environmental site assessment (ESA) to support a community effort to restore community stage, cinema and performing arts to Milbridge.  The restoration effort is led by Gateway: Milbridge, which seeks to launch the project at the site of the former Milbridge Theater.  The ESA,including investgiation of lead-based paint and asbestos, will help assure the restoration is conducted safely and in compliance with environmental regulations.
12/9/15  WCCOG and WCDA Complete Cleanup at Former Base
WCCOG and the Washington County Development Authority (WCDA) announce completion of cleanup at the former navy base Boiler Room at the Cutler Business Park.  With Brownfields funding from the the Maine Department of Economics and Community Development and EPA, asbestos contamination was removed to make way for an indoor road salt storage facility - a win for the environment and Cutler's community.
9/2/15 Washington County Featured on EPA Brownfields Marketplace
The WCCOG Brownfields Program is promoting redeveloment of three sites on the EPA Brownfields Marketplace.  Part of the national EPA Brownfields Conference, the Marketplace includes listings of properties prime for redevelopment. 
8/6/15  WCCOG Brownfields Program Hosts Seminar
The WCCOG Brownfields Program redcently hosted a Brownfields seminar at the 68th Annual aine Property Tax School held in Belfast on August 6.  The seminar featured presentations by WCCOG, Maine DEP, Woodard & Curran, and the law firm, Preti Flaherty.  The session closed with a walking tour of Brownfields properties along the Belfast Waterfront.  For presentation information click:  Presentations
6/1/15 WCCOG and Pembroke Celebrate New Town Office
The WCCOG Brownfields Program partnered with theTown of Pembroke to celebrate the opening of the new Pembroke town office.  The ribbon cutting was help on May 29, and featured a ribbon cutting ceremony, public BBQ, raffle prizes, and tours of the new building.