Vermont commits first $7M in state brownfields money

December 4, 2021 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont has committed the first $7 million of a $25 million appropriation to help clean up 10 brownfield sites across the state.

The funding represents the first time state dollars have been allocated to brownfield sites.

Gov. Phil Scott says there has been a backlog of sites ready to be cleaned up.

“It is encouraging to see millions of dollars being committed so quickly to clean up these properties and return them to productive use,” Scott said in a statement. “The economic and environmental impact these projects have on our downtowns and rural villages will be transformational for Vermont communities.”

Historically the costs of cleaning up former industrial sites that may be contaminated from previous industrial or commercial activities, known as “brownfields,” have been funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Among the projects that have received state funding, the state Agency of Natural Resources committed $4.5 million to projects at the former Fonda Container Company site in St. Albans and the Jones and Lamson site in Springfield.