In May 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded SNHPC a $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant. The grant supports assessments of previously identified high priority brownfields sites in SNHPC communities. This grant program not only helps to mitigate and/or clean up contaminated sites, but also helps to expand the economic capacity of the SNHPC Region.
Since 2015, SNHPC has staffed a Brownfields Advisory Committee (BAC), with representation from Londonderry, Derry, Goffstown, Windham, Deerfield, Francestown, Manchester, the Capital Regional Development Council, the Regional Economic Development Center, as well as support from the NH Department of Environmental Services and the EPA.
The BAC selected Sanborn Head & Associates as the consultant to assess the sites and develop Phase I and II environmental site assessments (ESA). Currently, Sanborn Head & Associates are assessing sites in Goffstown and Manchester and have developed both Phase I and II ESAs in Goffstown and in Manchester. Additionally, the consultant has begun sampling for the presence of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at each brownfield site.