United States
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
  Solid Waste
  and Emergency
  Response (5101)
April 1997

                       National  Brownfields
                       Assessment  Pilot
                                                         State of Maine
  Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5101)
                 Quick Reference Fact Sheet
EPA's Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative is designed to empower States,  communities, and other
stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and
sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield is a site, or portion thereof, that has actual or perceived contamination and
an active potential for redevelopment or reuse. Between 1995 and 1996, EPA funded 76 National and Regional Brownfields
Assessment Pilots, at up to $200,000 each, to support creative two-year explorations and demonstrations of brownfields
solutions. EPAis funding morethan 27 Pilots in 1997. The Pilots are intended to provide EPA, States, Tribes, municipalities,
and communities with useful information and strategies as they continue to seek new methods to promote a unified
approach to site assessment, environmental cleanup, and redevelopment.

EPA has selected the State of Maine as a Brownfields
Pilot.  Maine's Voluntary Response Action Plan
Program has served  as the primary vehicle for
environmental cleanup by brownfields purchasers.
The program does not have sufficient information to
assist  communities and investors in identifying
brownfields opportunities  and has  not broadly
disseminated  information regarding existing legal
and financial tools. The state intends to use this pilot
to fill these critical information and communication

Although Maine is characterized as rural, 85 towns
and cities are centers for jobs, retail trade, and social
and cultural services. The pilot will focus on these 85
service centers/communities that have not experienced
the same level of economic growth as surrounding
suburban areas. For example, since 1970, housing
growth has been 48 percent state-wide, as opposed to
only 35 percent in the  service centers/communities.
Twenty-one percent  of Maine's  service center
population is 150 percent below the poverty level.
    State of Maine

Fran Rudoff
Maine State Planning
(207) 287-3262
                     Date of Award:
                     April 1997

                     Amount: $199,017

                     Site Profile: The pilot will
                     focus on 85 service
                     center/communities with
                     potential or identified
                     brownfields across the
                     State of Maine.
   John Podgurski
   U.S. EPA Region 1
        Visit the EPA Brownfields Website at:


Maine's goal is to use redevelopment of brownfields
as a catalyst for revitalizing many communitie s. This
effort is  an outgrowth of the state's  Growth
Management  Program, which  calls for orderly
residential, commercial, and industrial development
that is desirable for communities. The state believes
that brownfields redevelopment is a key strategy for
channeling developmentto these growth areas, many
of which support historically significant buildings or
water frontage.


Activities planned as part of this pilot include:

 Creating a geographic information system (GIS)
  listing of potential brownfields redevelopment
  opportunities in service center communities;

 Creating GIS profiles of the historic development
  areas in selected service  center communities to
  assist developers, investors, and decision makers in
  evaluating potential site cleanup issues and additional
  brownfields sites;

 Implementing outreach and educational programs
  to  ensure better understanding and improved
  communication; and

 Establishing a municipal revolving loan fund that
  will assist towns and cities in assessing and planning
  for redevelopment of brownfields sites.

The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet been
negotiated;  therefore,  activities described in this fact
sheet are subject to change.
  National Brownfields Assessment Pilot                                                     State of Maine
  April 1997                                                                        EPA500-F-97-113