Region 1: EPA New England

Municipal Technical Assistance Program: An EPA/ME DEP Partnership for Maine Municipalities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 is collaborating with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP) to offer free technical assistance to interested municipalities and businesses in specific program areas. Technical Assistance will be granted based upon achieving the greatest public health or environmental impact.

Interested municipalities and businesses should complete the form below and submit it to EPA for consideration. EPA will initially acknowledge receipt of your form. If a proposal is approved, EPA will then contact you with additional information and next steps. The deadline for expressing interest is July 31, 2018. We expect to complete these technical assistance activities by September 30, 2019.

The following list provides areas of EPA/ME DEP technical assistance available to municipalities:

  1. BROWNFIELDS CLEANUPS:
    1. Brownfields 101 - Working with ME DEP, EPA will offer an in-person brownfields 101 orientation to a community that is new or long removed from Brownfields assistance. (2 communities)
    2. Brownfields Planning Strategies - Communities with a concentration of multiple blighted properties or a single large brownfields site can be challenged knowing where to begin or how to get over hurdles towards site reuse and community revitalization. Working with ME DEP, EPA will offer communities a strategic planning meeting which will be based on lessons learned and tools developed under the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning and Land Revitalization Programs. (2 communities)

      Depending upon interests discussed in items #1 or #2, EPA can advise municipalities about connections to other Brownfields assistance, such as annual brownfields grant competitions, or EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program which provides independent assistance to communities at no cost through an EPA grant to universities and non-profit organizations. TAB services include facilitating community engagement, and providing assistance such as project financing, health impacts, assessment/cleanup technologies, and redevelopment strategies.
  2. CITIZEN SCIENCE
    Working with state and local partners, assist with creating a Citizen Science Summit to encourage citizen engagement in environmental protection and public health, similar to the effort in Brattleboro VT, or provide technical assistance on quality assurance for citizen science projects, or other issues relating to citizen science. (2-3 communities)
  3. CLEAN INDOOR AIR
    Working with nonprofits and local health departments, assist local housing authorities to adopt and implement smoke-free housing policies, and/or provide training and assistance to asthma and housing advocates on healthy assessment checklists.  (1-2 communities)
  4. COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
    1. Assess impacts of flooding and heat and provide examples of community adaptation planning using the Resilience & Adaptation in New England (RAINE) database. (1-2 communities)
    2. Assist with on-site hazard mitigation assessment by a team of federal, state, and local officials to evaluate the hazard threat (e.g. flooding, drought), identify vulnerable assets, and propose mitigation measures. (1 community)
  5. DRINKING WATER RESOURCE PLANNING
    Where data is available, utilize aquifer mapping or other models to support plans for alternate drinking water sources identification to help with drought management.  (1-2 communities)
  6. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
    Provide training and assistance to local emergency planning committees on Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act, Computer Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) or One Planning. (1 community)
  7. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
    EPA is supporting work to benchmark Energy Efficiency ordinances in Portland and South Portland.  EPA will conduct ENERGY STAR benchmarking for other communities. (3-5 communities)
  8. ENVIRONMENTAL FAIRS
    Provide outreach materials on a variety of environmental or public health topics, and staff to support local environmental fairs. (3- 4 communities)
  9. EPA REPORTING FOR SMALL MUNICIPALITIES
    Provide information on various EPA program reporting requirements, tools, and technology needed for reporting. (2-3 communities)
  10. FEDERAL FACILITIES GREEN CHALLENGE
    Provide technical assistance to interested federal facilities and explore participation in voluntary program. (2-4 federal facilities)
  11. GRANT PROPOSAL TRAINING
    Provide training on grant proposal preparation, including development of work plans and budgets, and use of grants.gov. (2 communities)
  12. LEAD POISONING PREVENTION
    1. EPA Region 1 will be working with partners in Portland ME to encourage proper lead paint removal by certified contractors/renovators/painters. EPA offers to collaborate with ME DEP and ME HHS to offer support and strategic approaches to another community interested in launching a local lead poisoning program. (Portland ME and 1 community)
    2. EPA/ME HHS to provide analytical support to test for lead in drinking water in schools (2-3 schools)
  13. MEETING FACILITATION ASSISTANCE
    Assist communities with capacity building through municipal stakeholder meetings related to environmental and public health concerns. EPA will convene broad stakeholder groups and provide meeting facilitation to advance environmental outcomes in communities. (1-2 communities)
  14. POLLUTION PREVENTION – FOOD AND BEVERAGE PROCESSING OR RETAILERS
    1. Provide pollution prevention information, tools, and case studies to encourage source reduction in food and beverage processing facilities in Maine. Assistance may also include conducting webinars and convening meetings with ME DEP, colleges/universities, trade associations, and municipalities. (1-3 facilities)
    2. In collaboration with ME DEP's Environmental Leader program for small businesses, provide technical assistance to food retailers, restaurants, and food service providers. The effort would leverage tools and resources from EPA's voluntary programs, including Energy Star, WasteWise, GreenChill, WaterSense, Food Recovery Challenge and/or SmartWay. (1-3 facilities)
  15. POLLUTION PREVENTION – PREVENTING CHEMICAL ACCIDENTS FROM REFRIGERANTS
    Provide technical assistance to facilities, including ice rinks, using anhydrous ammonia refrigeration. Outreach and technical assistance shall improve compliance with Chemical Accident Risk Reduction Initiative and could include webinars, tools, trainings, and coordination with local emergency responders. (1-5 facilities)
  16. POLLUTION PREVENTION – PROMOTING RESILIENCE AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
    Provide technical assistance, including training workshops, to local emergency planners to help small and medium sized businesses use pollution prevention strategies for resiliency in flood-prone area. The assistance shall combine compliance info, pollution prevention, best management practices and share FEMA/NOAA resources designed for businesses to advance resiliency. (1-5 training events) 
  17. POLLUTION PREVENTION - TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT (TSCA) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
    Work with state partners to identify businesses that use TSCA priority chemicals, and business associations to discuss TSCA regulations and its impact to Maine businesses. Work with businesses to adopt chemical and process alternatives, promote source reduction and reduce the use and release of hazardous substances or contaminants. (1-2 businesses)
  18. RECYCLING
    Provide outreach to help communities find alternative markets and reuse for materials where the economics are challenging. (2-3 communities)
  19. STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
    1. EPA to collaborate with ME DEP to provide technical assistance on training topics related to Illicit Discharge Detection Elimination (IDDE) program approaches, and good housekeeping. Support could also include training on Capacity Management Operations and Maintenance (CMOM) and Asset Management. (1-3 geographic areas)
    2. Conduct Soak up the Rain education/outreach workshops or technical assistance (web-based or in person training). (1-4 communities)
  20. TRASH WATER/MARINE DEBRIS ASSISTANCE
    Share information and guide communities on how to reduce plastic wastes in water ways and the marine environment. (1-2 communities)
  21. WATER EFFICIENCY
    Assist with available water efficiency outreach materials, tools and the WaterSense Partnerships. (1-2 communities)
  22. WASTE WISE/FOOD WASTE CHALLENGE
    Provide technical assistance to save money and reduce trash (SMART), focusing on wasted food and sustainable food management. Focus sectors include groceries, hospitals, colleges/universities, stadiums, K-12 schools, and hotels/hospitality facilities. https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food.  (2-4 organizations or geographic areas)

If your municipality or business would like to request further information or express interest in any area(s) of EPA / ME DEP technical assistance, please identify the area(s) of interest and provide contact information (e.g. name, title, email, phone number, etc.) so that EPA may respond to your request:

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Kwabena Kyei-Aboagye at kyei-aboagye.kwabena@epa.gov or 617-918-1609.