Brownfields center helps communities submit applications for $3.2 million in EPA grants

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January 6, 2015 by Tracy Novak, NRCCE

Morgantown, W.Va. – The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center located at West Virginia University, in conjunction with the Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University, recently helped communities submit grant applications totaling $3.2 million to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Patrick Kirby, director, West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center

Patrick Kirby, director, Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center

The EPA has an estimated $59.5 million in brownfield grants to be distributed nationally this year to help towns conduct property assessments and aid in the cleanup of environmentally hazardous areas.

Historically West Virginia has received approximately $1 million of funding each year, said Patrick Kirby, the center’s director.  “For every $1 received from the EPA, private investment equaled $18, illustrating the importance of EPA grants in jump starting brownfield remediation within the state,” said Kirby.

Four communities applied for a total of $800,000 in site-specific brownfields cleanup funding.  A $200,000 application was submitted to clean-up hazardous substances on the former Taylor, Smith and Taylor riverbank property in Chester.  Applications were also submitted for $200,000 each to clean-up hazardous substances at the Brooke Glass site in Wellsburg, the former Wheeling Corrugating Plant in Beech Bottom and the former Johns Manville plant in Vienna.

Other communities in West Virginia applied for $2.4 million in assessment funding to complete site assessments, inventories, characterizations and conduct planning and community engagement for brownfield properties.  Applications were submitted by Brooke and Hancock County Region, Fairmont, Martinsburg, Huntington and Fayette County.  In addition, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection applied for an assessment grant for communities statewide.

The EPA will announce the winners during the spring with funding disbursed approximately three months later.

The NWVBAC is a program of the West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

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CONTACT: Patrick Kirby; Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center 304.293.6984; patrick.kirby@mail.wvu.edu

See also: WBOY — Channel 12 News
See also: West Virginia State Journal