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New Funding To Be Announced For Brownfields Cleanup


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will announce additional funding on Monday for the largest mill redevelopment project in western Massachusetts. 

   The money from the EPA will pay for asbestos removal from two buildings at the sprawling 170-acre Ludlow Mills.  A non-profit corporation has advanced a plan for commercial, industrial and some residential redevelopment of the mill complex over the next 15 years.  Aaron Saunders, a member of Ludlow’s Board of  Selectman said the project  will mean jobs and added tax revenue

   Construction started last summer on a $27 million rehabilitation hospital at the site.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.