CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,994,039 through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grants Program to clean up Brownfields sites across West Virginia. Specifically, this funding will support underserved and economically disadvantaged communities in assessing and cleaning up contaminated and abandoned industrial and commercial properties.
“West Virginia is known for the natural beauty of our landscape, making it even more important that we preserve our land for future generations. This annual funding will help support clean-up projects and assessments of our state’s Brownfields sites, improving the quality of our land and removing potentially hazardous waste. I have been a strong supporter of the EPA Brownfields Program and other initiatives that give our state the resources to protect West Virginians’ health and clean up contaminated sites for future development. I will continue to do everything I can to ensure West Virginia has healthy communities and a robust economy,” Ranking Member Capito said.
“Brownfields restoration and cleanup are vital to our state’s economic growth,” Senator Manchin said. “I am pleased EPA is investing in seven projects across the Mountain State to assess and clean up sites that may be complicated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants. I will continue working with the EPA in order to create new opportunities for West Virginia communities and businesses.”
Individual awards listed below:
- Kanawha County Commission – $600,000
- Belomar Regional Council – $600,000
- Paden City Development Authority – $500,000
- Bluefield West Virginia Economic Development Authority – $452,292
- City of Wheeling, West Virginia – $359,953
- Region 4 Planning and Development Council: Fayette, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Webster Counties – $300,000
- Boone County Community Development Authority – $181,794