Members of the public have a chance next week to hear Zion Growers’ steps to address contamination on the Bay Street property where an industrial hemp processing facility is planned. The site was developed over a 100 years ago and served several purposes over the years, and now Zion, wants to convert the long-dormant space into a place where hemp harvests will be gathered and processed for the manufacture of a variety of products. But in order for that work to happen, environmental work is needed. Zion enrolled in the state’s Brownfields Reuse and Environmental Liability Limitation Act (BRELLA) program in March 2021. A federal EPA brownfield grant obtained through the assistance of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association paid for Stone Environment, Inc., of Montpelier, to identify all contaminants on-site and develop a plan for mitigating any associated dangers. Moving forward requires a public hearing and an opportunity for citizens to pose questions. It’s scheduled for Friday, May 27, at 5 p.m. in the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center. The site holds six buildings, including the “E.T. & H.K. Ide” former grain elevator and storage building. One of the buildings, referred to as the “L building” is the planned location for the hemp processing facility.
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