WASHINGTON D.C. – The Trump Administration is proposing cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and Maine’s junior senator, Independent Angus King, is hoping to save one grant that affects the state of Maine.
Senator King wrote a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee this week and urged them to spare the Brownfields program when cutting the budget.
Funding from this program helps states pay for the demolition of sites that can be dangerous to rebuild upon if not handled properly. Here in Maine it has helped with several mill closures.
In a statement, Senator King said “This important program drives economic growth by providing funds and technical assistance to assess and clean-up contaminated property sites for redevelopment, and helps promote successful local economic development in communities across the United States.”
Since 1994, Maine has received more than $72 million through the Brownfields program.