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Brownfields clean-up and demolition underway at Mill in Monroe

Brownfields Clean-up and Demolition at Former Ramage Paper Mill in Monroe

The Town of Monroe and it contractors are completing the clean-up and demolition of the collapsing wooden building at the former Ramage Paper Mill. Funding from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) Brownfields program, the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and Great River Hydro (formerly TransCanada) is supporting this work.   Concerns about potential impacts on the Deerfield River and public safety led the Town of Monroe to remedy this situation, with the assistance of the FRCOG, after repeated requests to the property owner went unanswered.

The next stage of this project is to design, engineer, and construct an overlook park on the site, as funded by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

 Photo of the Ramage Paper Mill site from May 2015


 Photos of the demolition of the wood structure at Ramage Paper Mill site from June 2017

Photos after demolition of the wood structure at Ramage Paper Mill site and with rocks placed along the river’s edge from July 2017

Draft 2017 CEDS Annual Report available for review.

The Draft 2017 CEDS Annual Report (PDF, 5 mb) is available for review.

Please forward your comments and questions about the Draft 2017 CEDS Annual Report to jatwood@frcog.org or call 413-774-3167 x123, by no later than the close of business on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  To receive a hardcopy of the Draft Report, email jatwood@frcog.org or call 413-774-3167 x123.

Vermont Yankee – Lessons Learned white paper

At an event on October 14, 2016 in Brattleboro, the Tri-State Region partnering organizations released a white paper titled “When People and Money Leave (and the Plant Stays) – Lessons Learned from the Closure of the Vermont Yankee Power Station.”  The creation of this white paper was led by the Windham Regional Commission with the other Tri-State Region partners, including FRCOG, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and Southwest Region Planning Commission, and other stakeholders.   Funding support was provided by the federal Economic Development Administration and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation.

To download the report and other economic impact studies related to Vermont Yankee’s closure, go to http://frcog.org/publication/view/economic-impacts-vy-closure-study/.

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Photo from the October 14, 2016 release of the Lessons Learned White Paper

Laura Sibilia, BDCC; Chris Campany, WRC; Tim Murphy, SWRPC, and Linda Dunlavy, FRCOG