EVALUATING PETROLEUM SITES
The LCRPC is prioritizing environmental assessments of petroleum sites over the next several months under our EPA Brownfields Assessment Program. These sites are usually well-known in your towns:
former gas stations, auto dealers, auto repair shops, junkyards, parking lots, parks, apartment buildings, and properties adjacent or nearby gas stations
Top priority for the assessment funds will be vacant or underused properties where there’s interest in bringing in a new business or expanding an existing business—either way, creating new jobs. The funds can also go toward recreation or conservation lands, possibly adding key acres to a town or land trust-owned property.
“Petroleum” sites are often small, often located on main streets or at key intersections, in downtowns, commercial areas, or in a village. Occasionally over time, these sites have been put back into use with a few renovations, without investigating the possible petroleum impact. And as time passes, it’s a challenge to remember the earlier uses of these properties.
Across the country, petroleum sites have been re-developed for housing, business, and recreational uses. Small businesses find old gas station sites a perfect fit for a new café or restaurant, a bank, or an office. Larger developments have occurred on larger properties or where smaller properties have been combined. Towns often find these sites to be excellent locations for new public services, such as health care centers, education centers, government services offices, or as additional firehouses or police stations. A cleaned-up petroleum site can also contribute to cleaner water in rivers, lakes, and harbors and provide public recreational facilities.
For current or potential property owners, an assessment can:·
EPA Brownfields Program
A Brownfields site is a property where the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of the site may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant (such as petroleum, asbestos, lead-based paint, hazardous substances, or other contaminants). Essentially, a site that sits undeveloped and/or underutilized because a site purchaser or developer doesn’t understand the potential environmental liabilities associated with the site is a Brownfield.
Click HERE to view a brochure about brownfields and how the Assessment Program can help make contaminated (or potentially-contaminated sites) useful for new economic activities.
In addition the inventory the LCRPC is preparing, we are also looking for input from YOU. No thorough inventory would be complete without input from the citizens who live, work and play in the region. If you are aware of a potential Brownfield Site that is in need of environmental assessment, redevelopment, and reuse planning, we want to hear about it.
If you are a local official or property owner aware of a potential Brownfield Site in need of this environmental assessment, please contact the LCRPC office and/or fill out a SITE NOMINATION FORM.
A ROAD MAP is always handy -- to learn more about brownfields assessment and clean-up through some of EPA's technical resources and tools, head online to the BROWNFIELDS ROAD MAP.
Phase I Report, Feb, 2015 for the Town of Wiscasset, town-owned parcels at Mason Station. The report is almost 1500 pages in length. This portion is the report itself, and does not include any appendices.