The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in June selected the City of Taunton, Mass. to receive Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund supplemental funding. The additional half a million-dollar support will help the city continue its work cleaning up contaminated brownfield properties.
The Brownfields RLF program supports EPA’s commitment to help environmentally overburdened communities address their local priorities. The funds will help communities reuse vacant and abandoned properties and turn them into community assets such as housing, recreation and open space, health facilities, social services, transportation options, infrastructure and commerce opportunities.
"These supplemental funds help provide communities with resources to help clean up contamination, and turn blighted land into opportunities that can generate jobs and spur economic growth," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
RLF grants are often the last key piece of funding needed to activate the cleanup and reuse of a brownfield property—funding loans and sub-grants to carry out cleanup activities. The supplemental funds are provided to communities with current RLF grants who have already achieved success in their brownfields work and keep momentum going.
The funds will enable the city to clean up additional blighted properties within city limits and place them back on the tax rolls. The program was utilized in prior years to remediate several properties, including another site.