Update on MCEDD’s Brownfield Program

7/9/2014 – The brownfields site nomination form is live.  If you own, are thinking of purchasing, or just know about a potential brownfields site please nominate it for inclusion in our inventory by filling out this form.

4/10/2014 – The first meeting of the MCEDD Brownfield Advisory Committee will be scheduled for late April/early May depending on the availability of Advisory Committee members.

3/20/2014 – MCEDD has selected Ransom Consulting to be our environmental consultant for our Brownfields Assessment grant.

MCEDD Brownfield Program Overview

The Midcoast Economic Development District (MCEDD) has been awarded a Brownfields Assessment Grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The intent of the program is to conduct brownfield assessments for sites potentially contaminated with petroleum products and hazardous substances.  The Midcoast Regional Brownfields Program will:

  • Identify and review known contaminated sites located within MCEDD’s Service Area that comprises all Knox and Sagadahoc Counties  in addition to the towns of Belmont, Searsmont, Northport and Lincolnville in Waldo County and Brunswick and Harpswell in Cumberland County;
  • Designate up to 25 sites for assessment using pre-determined selection criteria;
  • Designate up to 12 sites for Phase I environmental site assessments (ESA) and up to 6 sites for Phase II ESAs;
  • Make recommendations for mitigation, remediation, and effective re-use of the properties.

With this information, MCEDD will also assist municipalities in eventual clean-up and redevelopment of these sites for economic develop purposes including a variety of creative, new and varied uses.

What is a Brownfield?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency a Brownfield site is a real property where the expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.  An example of this that is familiar to Mainers could be an abandoned factory or mill.

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MCEDD Brownfield Program Resources



Draft MCEDD Brownfields Advisory Committee Charter

Site Nomination Form