By Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s three-member congressional delegation has announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide $2 million in “brownfield” grants to help Vermont communities and regional planning commissions assess and clean up contaminated properties.

Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch say the purpose of the competitive grant program is to allow the properties - usually former industrial sites - to be decontaminated and redeveloped in agreements with private investors.

Individual grants include $400,000 for each for Brattleboro; the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission; the Lamoille County Planning Commission; and the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission.

The Northwest Regional Planning Commission and the Springfield Regional Development Corporation will get $200,000 each.

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