February 15, 2016 by Andrew Stacy
Morgantown, W.Va. – The Environmental Protection Agency has released two Brownfields Partnership videos highlighting successful projects and partnerships in the Mountain State. The videos showcase the value of partnerships in navigating the brownfield redevelopment process from beginning to completion. The role of teamwork and partnerships between communities, the private sector and government is key because of the complexity brownfields redevelopment.
Brownfields Partnership Video (short version, 3:25):
The Taylor, Smith & Taylor Pottery site in Chester, in the northern panhandle of West Virginia is featured in both videos. Also shown are sites in Beech Bottom and Wellsburg. Interviews include speakers from the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle, Brooke Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission, Hancock County and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) in addition to a Chester community member.
The long version features additional interviews with Patrick Kirby (@3:50), director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, Patricia Hickman, director of Land Restoration at WVDEP and others.
Brownfields Partnership Video (long version, 7:26):
Brownfields include all property, which is hindered from redevelopment, or reuse due to the presence or perceived presence of a hazardous substance, or contaminant. The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers were created in 2005 by the West Virginia Legislature to empower communities to plan and implement redevelopment projects.
About the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers
The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center is a program of the West Virginia Water Research Institute housed at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University and serves the northern 33 counties in West Virginia. The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University, located in Huntington, West Virginia is housed within the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical, and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) and serves the southern 22 counties in West Virginia.