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June 10, 2024

Clinton receives $500K in EPA funds to clean up site of former wire manufacturing plant

A satellite image of an empty parcel Image | Courtesy of Google Maps The former site of the Rockbestos-Surprenant Cable Corp. facility in Clinton

The Town of Clinton has received $500,000 to facilitate the cleanup of a 8.4-acre site formerly housing the Rockbestos-Surprenant Cable Corp. facility.

The funds were pulled from a $34.6-million fund of grant awards, allocated as part of President Joe Biden’s Investing in America agenda, which includes provisions aiming to expedite the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcing the award on Monday.

The former wire and cable manufacturing facility, located at 172 Sterling St., has been abandoned since 2006 and is contaminated with petroleum, heavy metals, chlorinated solvents, and inorganic contaminants, according to the EPA.

"It's simple: We know that Brownfields grants unlock vital funding to free our towns and cities from dangerous pollution and toxic contamination," U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) said in the press release. "This historic investment will bring cleaner water, land, and air to communities across the commonwealth and deliver a more livable future with green spaces to work, live, and play."

In addition to the grant to Clinton, Lowell and Lawrence received EPA brownfield site cleanup funds on Monday. The EPA’s Brownfields Program began in 1995 and has provided nearly $2.7 billion in grants to clean up and repurpose contaminated sites across the country. 

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