- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - The federal government is doling out $4.3 million in grants to clean up contaminated industrial sites across New England - including $1.2 million for cleanup and redevelopment projects in Maine.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the grants Wednesday in Biddeford. They will go toward various so-called “brownfield” sites are part of more than $13 million that the EPA made available nationwide.

EPA regional administrator for New England, Curt Spaulding says a $700,000 grant is going to the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

The Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission will receive the remaining $500,000. Officials say that money will go toward cleaning up a former Biddeford mill, which the Portland Press Herald reports is being transformed into a $50 million hotel, apartment and restaurant complex.

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