Capito and Manchin announce more than $10 million for W.Va. brownfield sites

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Published: May. 25, 2023 at 1:27 PM EDT
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced that 11 different local awards totaling in $10,966,135 to brownfield sites across the state that will be used to help assess, clean up, and revitalize those sites.

“In almost every corner of our state, brownfield sites present potential opportunities for economic growth and expansion,” Ranking Member Capito said. “When crafting the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, I helped prioritize funding to deliver needed resources to the EPA’s Brownfields Program that would benefit communities in West Virginia, and I’m looking forward to seeing the funding announced today create more success stories across our state.”

“Addressing and restoring brownfield sites across West Virginia is vital to strengthening our communities and boosting economic development,” Senator Manchin said. “Our Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to deliver critical investments for West Virginia, and I am pleased the EPA is investing in these ten important programs. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue advocating for resources to protect the health and wellbeing of West Virginians across the Mountain State.”

New River Gorge Regional Development Authority is among those receiving funding.

Individual awards and details listed below:

  • West Virginia University Research Corporation: $5,000,000 as part of a Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) cooperative agreement
  • West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection: $1,000,000
  • Marshall University Research Corporation: $968,438 for cleanup of former Flint Pigments Site
  • Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle: $500,000 for community-wide assessment
  • Fairmont, W.Va.: $500,000 for community-wide assessment
  • Harrison County Economic Development Corporation: $500,000 for community-wide assessment
  • Huntington, W.VaHuntington, W.Va.: $500,000 for community-wide assessment
  • Morgantown, W.VaMorgantown, W.Va.: $500,000 for cleanup of White Park Southside
  • New River Gorge Regional Development Authority: $500,000 for cleanup of former Beckley landfill
  • Region 2 Planning and Development Council: $500,000 for community-wide assessment
  • Pocahontas County Commission: $497,697 for former Howes Leather Company/East Form Industrial Park