McKinley Announces $1.4 Million in Brownfields Grants for First District
Grants Will Aid Clean-up and Redevelopment, Spur Economic Growth
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three 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. Many of these sites would be attractive for redevelopment, but have legacy contamination issues that must be addressed first,” said Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. “The Brownfields Program has been an important tool to turn abandoned eyesores and repurposing them into an economic opportunity.”
The three grants to West Virginia include $1.4 million for communities in the First District including the Northern Panhandle, Morgantown, and Grafton.
“This is exactly why I fought to reauthorize and expand the Brownfields Program. We have seen many examples of how these grants can be used to revitalize communities and spur additional economic development,” said Rep. 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.
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.To view more information on the grants announced,click here.