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BOSTON (MARCH 22, 2024) – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point in Maine , will receive technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. Together, EPA and the Passamaquoddy Tribe will pursue development strategies that expand upon existing Brownfields efforts and advance clean air, clean water, equitable development, and other local goals.

“Many communities are looking to grow in ways that create economic opportunity and enhance quality of life, while also protecting the environment,” said EPA Associate Administrator for Policy Vicki Arroyo. “Our Building Blocks program provides assistance with proven development strategies to help communities plan for a healthier, more vibrant future.”

“The Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities partnership with our Brownfields Program is key to bringing together communities to explore new development possibilities that are both enriching and focused on the unique needs of the communities we work with,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash, “Congratulations to the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, for earning this youth-centered opportunity to promote traditional activities.”

EPA’s Office of Community Revitalization selected communities through a targeted outreach effort in a partnership with the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization and Regional offices across the United States. This technical assistance will help communities:

Ensure their development decisions address environmental justice concerns in

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