Council of Governments
WCCOG Brownfields Program
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
3/9/17 Former Tank Farm Assessment Underway in Pembroke
A former bulk oil tank farm on the Pennemaquan River is the site of
the next Phase I Environmental Assessment under the WCCOG Brownfields program. The land, now under new ownership, is proposed
for potential residential developement. All that appears to remain of the old tank farm are concrete supports for former above
3/1/17 Judy East Speaks at Leadership Institute
Judy East, Executive Director of WCCOG, provided an
overview of the WCCOG Brownfields program to the 2017 class of the Washington County Leadaership Institute. The meeting was
held at the Pembroke Town office, and catered by the Pie Ladies Bakery. Both the town office and bakery are located in former
Brownfields sites supported by WCCOG Brownfields services. For more information on the leadership institute: http://sunrisecounty.org/training/washington-county-leadership-institute/
1/19/17 MaineDOT Supports Schoppees Garage Site Improvements
The Maine Department of Transportation is funding improvements to the Schoppee's
Garage site in Jonesboro under a Small Harbor Improvement Grant of $52,000. The funds will be used for improving access to the
Chandler River, turn-out parking, interpretive signage and picnic facilities. The construction work is expected to begin during
the summer of 2017.
12/23/16 Columbian Factory Cleanup on Facebook!
The Columbian Factory cleanup has been in high gear
since late October 2016 and is expected to be largely complete by the New Year. Please visit facebook for a chronology of this
transformational cleanup project: Columbian Factory Cleanup
11/30/16 WCCOG Brownields Program Continues Support of Columbian
Since 2010, the WCCOG Brownfields program has provided technical support for cleanup of a dilapidated, pollutated
cannery site in Lubec. Most recently, WCCOG assisted with development of final plans for site cleanup and redevelopment.
As the project nears completion, WCCOG will provide future support for community outreach and regulatory closure.
10/11/16 Amec Foster Wheeler Selected as QEP
WCCOG announces the selection of Portland-based Amec Foster Wheeler as the Brownfields program
Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP). With teaming partner Woodard & Curran, Amec Foster Wheeler will assist WCCOG
with Brownfields site inventory, assessment and reuse planning. Work on the new Brownfields assessment grant is expected in
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
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
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
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.