Brownfields Program

What are Brownfields?

A brownfield is a former industrial or commercial site where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination.

What is MVPC’s Role in Addressing Brownfields?

MVPC initially funded Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, which involved site inspection and a review of publicly available documents. MVPC member communities identify potential projects for these assessments. Based on the results of the Phase I assessment, some sites were selected for additional assessment (Phase II), including soil and groundwater testing. Further assessment activities can include remediation planning to clean the site up for future use.

Below is the application form for member communities seeking funding from MVPC’s assessment program:
Merrimack Valley Regional Brownfields Assessment Program Site Ranking Form

Presentations of MVPC-funded projects:
MVPC Presentation 9-21-09
MVPC Presentation 6-14-11

Cleanup and Redevelopment

In 2009, MVPC received a $1 million award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish a revolving loan fund (RLF) for contamination cleanup. With this funding, MVPC offers low interest loans to eligible public and private sector entities to clean up Brownfields sites in the region.

MVPC $1 million brownfields cleanup program brochure

Merrimack Valley Brownfields Cleanup RLF Application – docx

Merrimack Valley Brownfields Cleanup RLF Application – pdf

Partner Links

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection


Program Staff

For more information, please contact:

Joe Cosgrove, Environmental Program Manager
phone: 978-374-0519 ext. 16
email: JCosgrove@mvpc.org

Angela Vincent, AICP, Economic Development Planner
phone: 978-374-0519 ext. 28
email: AVincent@mvpc.org


When it comes to economic development, we plan locally, promote regionally, and develop economically. Whether gathering critical business data or creating the region’s only Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, we ensure the region is prepared for smart growth.

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