Hearing set in Norway on Brownfields project

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NORWAY – The former Corn Shop site in Norway has been selected to receive Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields assessment funding.

A Phase I site assessment has been completed on the Corn Shop, and a public hearing has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Norway Town Office.

Phase II site work will follow. Phase I work involves historical documents research while Phase II involves field work and testing to determine the presence of contamination.

Norway is one of many communities in the Androscoggin Valley Council Of Governments region that have vacant or underutilized commercial and industrial buildings and sites. Efforts to encourage redevelopment are often hindered by perceptions that hazardous substances are or have been present, which leads to conclusions of contamination and costly clean-up.

In 1994, the EPA created the Brownfields program to help communities address this issue. AVCOG applied for and received a Brownfields assessment grant in late 2005. The grant included funding for Phase I and Phase II site assessment work for a maximum of five sites throughout the region.

A steering committee was formed with six volunteers from throughout the region. The committee developed scoring criteria for site selection and chose five properties from the top 15 highest ranked sites. The five sites selected for the Brownfields program are the Corn Shop in Norway; Cummings Landing/Woodyard in Norway, Hale Mill in Mexico, Penley Mill in West Paris, and Joneco in Kingfield. All of the owners have agreed and signed up to participate in the program.

Phase I site assessment has been completed for all five of the selected properties. Three of the five sites, the Corn Shop in Norway, Penley Mill in West Paris, and Joneco in Kingfield, have been selected by the steering committee for Phase II site assessments.

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