Washington County Brownfields Assessment Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a fourth Brownfields Assessment Grant to the Washington County Council of Governments (WCCOG) in 2016.

Now entering its 9th year, the program has completed 29 brownfield assessments for sites potentially contaminated with petroleum products and hazardous substances; 17 are redeveloped, or under expansion; several assessments are pending; and others (up to 25 already identified) are waiting for consideration.

The Service Area for the Washington County Regional Brownfields Program includes all of Washington County with concentration in four target communities (Calais, Eastport, Lubec, and Baileyville) and the Bold Coast Scenic Byway corridor.

Download the RFP for a Qualified Environmental Professional to assist WCCOG with its 4th Assessment Grant.

Advertisement to be published in the Bangor Daily News August 6-7, 2016 edition.

Responses to Frequently Asked Questions (version dated Aug 5, 2016 based on past experience) will be posted here periodically until a final posting on August 26th 2016.

Deadline for Responses to the RFP is 5:00PM on Friday September 16, 2016 — see RFP for submission requirements.

More details on the Washington County Brownfields Program can be found here.

Funds from the current grant will be used to identify and review known contaminated sites; designate up to 25 sites for assessment using pre-determined selection criteria including up to 10 sites for Phase I environmental site assessments (ESA) and up to 6 sites for Phase II ESAs; and make recommendations for mitigation, remediation, and effective re-use of the properties.  With this information, WCCOG will assist municipalities in eventual clean-up and redevelopment of these sites for creative, new and varied uses, and/or to increase greenspace.

Regional Advice

We  have a very active, diverse and growing advisory committee with great regional representation. The Property Transactions and Redevelopment seminar was very well received in June of 2014 as was a presentation to the Northeast Breakfast Club of Bangor Savings Bank in July of 2016.

The next scheduled seminar will take place at the St Croix Regional Chamber of Commerce Eggs 'n Issues breakfast on August 18, 2016 at 7:30 AM at the Washington County Community College.

WCCOG staff are available to provide seminars to Chambers of Commerce and other groups interested in how Brownfields Assessment can assist in property re-development.

For more information, please contact Judy East at 454-0465.