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EPA Brownfields Program Stirs W.Va. Interest

Environmental Protection Agency

Localities across West Virginia are seeking a share of more than $3 million in assessment and clean-up grants through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center reports that 11 applications totaling $3.2 million were submitted for funding, according to The State Journal.

The center’s executive director, Patrick Kirby, said the so-called brownfields applications will compete nationally for funding to remedy environmental concerns.

The program helps communities conduct environmental assessments of properties, review cleanup options, and start cleanup at contaminated sites.

This year, the EPA picked five West Virginia projects to receive $1 million in brownfields grants.