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.”