January 30

Wilton to take public comments on U.S. Route 2 tannery cleanup

Residents can ask questions to officials overseeing the grant-funded project to clean contamination and debris from the former Wilton Tannery.

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The public will be able to ask questions and get an update about the project to clean up the former Wilton Tannery site.

The hearing is 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Office.

A $200,000 federal Environmental Protection Agency grant will cover a majority of the cost to remove the hazardous materials and debris left inside and around the tannery building off U.S. Route 2.

Representatives from the town, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Ransom Consulting will discuss different recommended strategies to clean up the site.

In addition, representatives will also discuss proposed cleanup actions outlined in the National Historical Preservation Act. The grant money is through the EPA Brownfields program, which provides money for projects cleaning up contaminated sites nationwide to facilitate their reuse.

The value of residential properties near Brownfield sites can increase between 5.1 and 12.8 percent after the cleanup is completed, according to the EPA website.

Town officials have also previously said they hope to resell the former tannery and collect taxes on the property again.

All information about the project is located at the Wilton Town Office and available for viewing 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The town is receiving public comments until Friday, Feb. 14.

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