Meriden receives $975,000 in EPA funds to clean up Church and Morse site downtown

The city will receive $975,240 in federal funding to clean a brownfield and foundation rubble at the former Church and Morse building, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week. Funding for the Brownfield Cleanup Grant come from the bipartisan infrastructure law and will be used to cleanup the 0.33-acre vacant parcel. The site was previously used for commercial and industrial purposes, including generating electricity, welding and storage. The site is vacant and contaminated with volatile organic compounds, extractable petroleum hydrocarbons, metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The funds will be used to formalize a community engagement plan. The city’s award is part of $8.9 million in EPA grants to the state to expedite the assessment and cleanup. The grants are through the EPA’s dedicated program and revolving loan fund. The program aims to transform once-polluted vacant and abandoned properties into community assets, while helping to create jobs and spur economic revitalization in overburdened communities.

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