McKinley Announces $1.3 Million in Brownfields Grants for First District
Grants Will Aid Clean-up and Redevelopment, Spur Economic Growth
Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced seven grants to West Virginia communities from the EPA Brownfields Program. These grants will provide over $1 million in assistance to help communities assess and clean-up areas contaminated by previous industrial activity.
“Across the First District and the rest of West Virginia we have hundreds of abandoned industrial sites that sit empty,” said Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. “Many of these sites would be attractive for redevelopment, but have legacy contamination issues that must be addressed first. The Brownfields Program has been an important tool to turn abandoned eyesores into economic opportunity.”
The seven grants to West Virginia include $1.3 million for communities in the First District including the Northern Panhandle, Morgantown, and Grafton.
“We have seen many examples of how Brownfields grants can be used to revitalize areas and transform them back to productive use,” said McKinley. “These investments will make a difference across West Virginia.”
McKinley has been a leading advocate for the Brownfields program and authored legislation to reform and improve the program that was signed into law in 2018.
A brownfield is a property for which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. There are estimated to be more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S.
The latest round of Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grants included seven grants to West Virginia:
In 2017, the House passed McKinley’s Brownfields Enhancement Economic Redevelopment and Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3017). This bipartisan bill was signed into law in March 2018 as part of a larger funding package.
For more information on the Brownfields program click here.
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