Norwich EPA Brownfields Pilot
City of Norwich, Norwich, Connecticut
The City of Norwich, Connecticut, located within one of the oldest settled areas in the United States, was formerly a leading manufacturing center, with numerous factories producing textiles, firearms, paper, and a variety of metal products. By the end of the 1970s, virtually all of these facilities had closed, leaving behind abandoned buildings, which fell into decay, blighting substantial areas of the community
Many of these properties were contaminated by hazardous wastes as a result of their former operations. Some are situated in what are now residential areas, posing potential health risks to residents. To return these properties to productive use and revitalize the communities, as well as eliminate health concerns, the EPA selected Norwich to receive a Brownfields Demonstration Pilot Grant.
The proposed use of the $200,000 grant was to conduct environmental assessments of four major abandoned or underutilized mill properties and to outline strategies and costs for cleanup and redevelopment.
The ultimate goal of the project is to promote redevelopment of the properties by removing uncertainties regarding contamination. Norwich selected us to complete the environmental assessments on the city's behalf.
Work involved completion of Phase I, II and III investigations and Remedial Action Plans for several sites. The sites included:
US Finishing Mill (Ortronics Site)
Shetucket Iron and Metal
Falls Ave Mills
We also participated in a community outreach initiative to communicate the environmental issues associated with each site and to describe how the Brownfields program can be used to resolve them. The outreach program included interactive efforts to understand and resolve community concerns and issues associated with the sites and their potential reuse.
Phase I, II and III Investigations
Remedial Action Plans
Community Outreach Program