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Pingree votes to authorize key program for cleaning up, developing polluted sites in Maine

Posted:  Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:45am

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Nov. 30 Congresswoman Chellie Pingree voted for bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the EPA Brownfields Program, which has helped finance the cleanup and redevelopment of polluted sites across Maine. The House passed the bill by a wide margin.

"In Maine, the Brownfields Program has been enormously successful in turning community liabilities into economic assets. The program has provided critical financing and leveraged private investment to find new life for formerly polluted sites, from Biddeford's Mill District to Thompson's Point in Portland to the Downeaster Train Station in Brunswick," Pingree said. "I'm glad my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have been unified in ensuring that this program can continue to do its important work."

Pingree has been a strong advocate for the Brownfields Program as a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, which oversees funding for the EPA.