Welcome to the NEYT Environmental Cleanup Page!
NEYT’s properties are Brownfields Sites. A brownfield, as defined by the US EPA, is “a property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” NEYT’s main building is completely safe. However, like many former-industrial buildings, the Brick Building and Livery Building (red, wood building) contain lead, asbestos and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). None of these are airborne or present a serious health risk. We keep these buildings locks so that no one accidentally comes into contact with these materials.
Though it sounds scary, it’s important to know that these materials were common at the time they were being used. Contamination of this kind is fairly common and we are lucky to be an area with demonstrated excellence in brownfields remediation. The Brattleboro Transportation Center, Brattleboro Waterfront, and Algiers Village are all local success stories for similar projects. This is a typical problem for post-industrial sites. Thankfully, it is one that comes with a manageable solution.
NEYT has been working the Town of Brattleboro, Windham Regional Planning Commission, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and United States Environmental Protection Agency since 2007. In May 2013, NEYT received a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program for the cleanup.
Phase 1: In Summer 2015, we finished the first phase of the cleanup. This included the parking lot and green-space in front of the building. We also built an extension to the set shop and removed the lead-paint from the brick building. We’re still adding finishing touches, like flower gardens, to the site.
Phase 2: We are currently in the design second phase of the cleanup, which focuses on the Livery Building, the red wood building at 56 Elm Street. This building used to be a carriage shop, and was later used for storage by the paint factory next door. Our hope is to take down the building and replace it with an outdoor classroom. The outdoor space will provide a shady spot for rehearsals, meetings, and maybe even afternoon performances. The cleanup planning is in partnership with the Town of Brattleboro
The Brick Building: NEYT is evaluating its options for the Brick building. This beautiful building was built in 1904 as a machine shop. Unfortunately, the extent of its contamination makes its remediation quite complex.
Copies of the Corrective Action Plans are located in the offices of the New England Youth Theatre and Windham Regional Commission.
Want to Know More?
Windham Regional Commission
U.S. EPA Brownfields Homepage (http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/basic_info.htm#plan)
Click on the photo below for more photos of the parking lot construction that took place in the summer of 2015.