A former drycleaner in Ballston Spa, New York is being investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the possible contamination of nearby homes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the agency’s latest findings.

Connecticut has received $450,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to remediate Brownfield sites, but Democrats from the state warn the program is in jeopardy. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced $2 million in grants across six New York communities. And two recipients are in the Hudson Valley.

Legislation to help communities revitalize blighted properties has passed the U.S. Senate and now two House members want to see it on their floor for a vote.


A federally-funded brownfields cleanup project is under way in Holyoke, Massachusetts to demolish a former auto service facility that has sat vacant and unusable for more than two decades.


The ongoing redevelopment of a sprawling old mill complex in Ludlow, Massachusetts -- the largest project of its kind in New England -- will be highlighted later this year at a national conference.

 The Westmass Area Development Corporation has been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to participate in the National Brownfields Conference in Chicago. Representatives of the private nonprofit developer will make a presentation on its work at the Ludlow Mills—the largest brownfield mills redevelopment project in New England.


Environmentalists are out with a new report critical of New York State's Brownfields Cleanup Program.

Brownfields are thousands of sites statewide - they exist in virtually every community - that range from the local dry cleaner that closed up shop years ago to shuttered gas stations to bigger, more polluted contaminated sites that contain dangerous toxins.

Many times these dangerous parcels are off the tax rolls, classified as "abandoned properties."

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State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says cleaning up brownfields, improving access to public lands and increasing resiliency to extreme weather are among his agency's priorities in the coming fiscal year.

Martens spoke Wednesday at the first of 13 budget hearings before the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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  New York's governor has rejected legislation to extend current tax credits for brownfield cleanups for two more years:  Andrew Cuomo has plans to again propose revisions. In his veto message,  Cuomo says the bill would have also appropriated another $100 million for the state Superfund cleanup program this year and authorized another $300 million in borrowing over the next two years. He says the measure would have had "an unplanned, direct impact" on the current state financial plan. The governor says his commitment to the Superfund program is "unwavering" and he'll put that funding and a

Earlier this week, the Glens Falls Common Council accepted terms as a lead agency on a federal grant through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help communities assess contaminated lands for redevelopment.

The $600,000 Regional Risk Assessment grant is aimed at assessing brownfield sites affected by hazardous materials or petroleum. Glens Falls joins South Glens Fall, Moreau, Corinth, Hadley, and Chester in this effort.

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Congressman Richard Neal was in Lee, Massachusetts Tuesday to announce federal funding for a vacant mill.

Two Brownfield Areas Grants Are For The Hudson Valley

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Two of 26 grants to revitalize brownfield areas in New York State are headed to the Hudson Valley.

Federal lawmakers from New York are showing their support for a piece of legislation that aims to jumpstart development and cleanup efforts on contaminated land.

Recently, Democrats U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillbrand and Congressman Paul Tonko met with local leaders in Albany’s Sheridan Hollow neighborhood to announce their support for the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development – or BUILD – Act.

New federal funding has been announced for the largest brownfields mill redevelopment project in New England. The region’s  top federal environmental official says the project in Ludlow Massachusetts serves as example for reusing the scores of other abandoned industrial sites that dot the landscape.

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New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli unveiled a new plan to overhaul the state’s brownfields program today. A Democrat, DiNapoli crafted the original brownfields bill when he was still in the state Assembly. Speaking with WAMC’s Alan Chartock on the Capitol Connection program, DiNapoli says tax loopholes within the program should be closed.


The redevelopment has begun of a once badly polluted former textile mill in Chicopee Massachusetts. A top Environmental Protection Agency official warned on Monday that federal budget cuts threaten future brownfields cleanup efforts in the region. 

An $8 million  senior center is being constructed on land along the Chicopee River that was originally developed during the early 1800s to manufacture textiles.  A groundbreaking , attended by more than  100 people, culminated a decade long cleanup project that officials described as a legal and environmental quagmire.

The largest brownfield mill redevelopment project in New England, in Ludlow Massachusetts, has been designated a priority project by Massachusetts state officials.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Massachusetts Lt Gov Timothy Murray recently added five new projects to the state’s Brownfields Support Team Initiative. Ludlow Mills is the only project in western Massachusetts to be designated for the cleanup assistance in this latest round.