According to a news release, this phase of cleanup will involve removal of contaminated soil. The canal authority will negotiate a cooperative agreement with the EPA and begin work after authorization to proceed is received. The grant requires a 20 percent match in local funds, meaning a $40,000 local allocation will be leveraged into a $240,000 in project.
The canal authority, which purchased the 518,000-square-foot Sibley Mill in 2010, had made two unsuccessful applications for a share of the limited federal cleanup funds.
The mill and the adjacent King Mill property are under consideration for development as Georgia Regents University “Mills Campus” in a proposal put forward by the Augusta Regional Collaboration.