The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the City of South Portland $500,000 to sustain its Brownfields Assessment Program. Funding is available for the period or July 1, 2022 through September 30, 2026.
Brownfields Assessment Program
In 2019, the City of South Portland was successful in applying for $300,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for community-wide assessment work. As part of this program, the City identifies potential brownfields sites (primarily at former and current industrial sites along the waterfront), conducts Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, and prepares cleanup and remediation plans. The City was awarded an additional $500,000 by U.S. EPA in 2022 to sustain this successful program.
Grant funds are also used to conduct community engagement, including advertising the program to property owners and holding community meetings. Please keep posted on upcoming meeting announcements.
Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP)
The City has contracted with Ransom Consulting to assist the City as its QEP. Ransom is the City's primary consultant and can be contacted by sending questions about the program to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a Brownfield?
A brownfield is a property where redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence (or potential presence) of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. This may include a commercial, industrial, or residential property. The community has an interest in seeing that these properties are responsibly redeveloped in order to protect the environment, increase the local tax base, facilitate job growth, and potentially create new open space.
Understanding Brownfields (US EPA)
Brownfields Program (Maine DEP)
Participating in the Program
South Portland Brownfields Program Brochure
Outreach Flyer for Property Owners
South Portland Site Nomination Form
South Portland Program Information
Brownfields Assessment Program Work Plan
Grant Cooperative Agreement (US EPA & City of South Portland)
Brownfields Assessment Grant Application
Do you own a property that may qualify for Brownfields assessment funding? Do you have questions related to the Brownfields Program? Contact Assistant City Manager Joshua Reny, tel. 207-767-7606, or email email@example.com
Past Public Meetings
The City of South Portland hosted a virtual public meeting on January 5, 2022 to share results of an Environmental Site Assessment for 27 Robinson Street ("Jett Property"). MEDEP and their consultant, Beacon Environmental, oversaw completion of this work and the City is assisting with public outreach through its Brownfields Assessment Program.
Link to Assessment Documents and Video of Meeting
Brownfields 101 Webinar - September 2020
Thank you to everyone who participated! Slide Show