The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP)
Division of Land Restoration is pleased to announce that the agency has
been awarded a $200,000 Brownfields Petroleum Assessment Grant from the
U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) agency.
The funds will be used for site assessments of properties that have
potentially been contaminated with petroleum-based pollutants. The DEP
is conducting these site assessments across the state but the primary
focus is on eight areas in Nicholas, Fayette and Raleigh counties.
assessments will likely begin in the fall of 2015 and are expected to
take approximately three years.
"This grant will not only enable the DEP to assess brownfield properties
for cleanup and redevelopment, but on a wider scale will help local
communities capitalize on economic development opportunities," said DEP
Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman.
The agency coordinates with the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance
Centers at West Virginia University and Marshall University on
brownfields projects and redevelopment efforts. These centers also
assisted in developing the grant proposals for the DEP and for other
West Virginia communities.
The DEP award is one of 264 grants, totaling $67 million, awarded by the
EPA today. Other West Virginia groups awarded brownfields funding
include the Wayne County Economic Development Authority, the city of
Morgantown, the Tucker County city of Thomas and the Wyoming County
Economic Development authority.
For more information about these grants, go to the EPA's Brownfields and
Land Revitalization page at http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/