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Somerville receives $1m EPA grant to clean up Union Square site

Posted by Matt Byrne  August 21, 2012 09:57 AM

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the city $1 million in grants to clean up the contaminated Kiley Barrel site in Union Square.

The grant money is a major boon to the site, which is part of the first of seven parcels slated for redevelopment in a wider plan to remake Union Square to accommodate the coming of the Green Line Extension.

The cash will pay for the start of cleanup at the brownfields site, where for years, barrels were cleaned of heavy chemicals that over time leached into the ground.

During a presentation Monday, Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone was joined by Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Congressman Michael Capuano, and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency.

"With this latest round of generous grant funds, we will begin the cleanup phase which will subsequently launch our entire Revitalization Plan for Union Square," Curtatone said. "We have many exciting projects to look forward to in Union Square, due in large part to the support of grants like these."

Matt Byrne can be reached at mbyrne.globe@gmail.com.

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