The site of the former Hancock Ellsworth Tannery. FILE PHOTO

Hancock weighing options for further cleanup of tannery site

HANCOCK — With the first stage of environmental cleanup complete at the site of a former tannery in Hancock, the town is now considering what further steps to take in the process.

The town currently has two separate $200,000 grants from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields program, which provides money to help assess, clean up and prepare environmentally contaminated properties for reuse.

“Right now we’re just figuring out what the town wants to do next,” said Hancock Selectman Rick Merchant. “Figuring out how much we want to clean and how to use the grant money. We’ve considered doing another assessment.”

The first stage of the cleanup was completed in September using funds from the EPA. Rich Campbell of the Campbell Environmental Group, who worked along with the Hancock County Planning Commission to help the town write its grant applications, visited the tannery site in October.

“It’s certainly a lot cleaner now,” Campbell said. “The next step is for the town to go through a bidding process for a contractor, which they are still working on.”

Maxwell Hauptman

Maxwell Hauptman

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Maxwell Hauptman has been reporting for The Ellsworth American since 2018. He covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties and welcomes story tips and ideas. He can be reached at [email protected]

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