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Portland starts own brownfield cleanup program

The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services issued its first loan to clean up contaminated properties under its new Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund.

The inaugural $130,000 loan went to 3300 N. Williams Avenue LLC, a small business operating at a former dry cleaning business at that address. Sometime between 1950 and 1986, when the dry cleaner operated at the site, the business disposed of a dry cleaning solvent, tetrachloroethylene, in the soil.

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded the city grant money to establish the brownfield program in late 2011.

The program will offer loans as well as technical assistance to clean up properties. For more information: 503-823-7764 or www.brownfield.org.