FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 14, 2010
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964
Brownfields Assistance Center helps secure $600,000 in EPA grants
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Southern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University, a program of the university’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS), has helped three state entities secure $600,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The funds will be used to assess brownfields, which are abandoned or vacant properties that have potential environmental impairments but have been determined to have significant prospects for business, housing or recreational redevelopment.
Marshall’s Brownfields Assistance Center partnered with each of the following successful applicants to write and submit the grant applications, and will be working closely with each entity during the assessments:
Dr. Tony Szwilski, director of CEGAS and the Brownfields Assistance Center, said the center continues to increase its role in assisting communities and counties across the state as they tackle the challenges of re-using brownfields properties for positive redevelopment.
“Since our inception in 2005, we’ve helped communities obtain close to $3 million in EPA brownfields and related funding,” he said. “These funds are making a significant difference in community revitalization by promoting economic development across central and southern West Virginia.”
A total of $800,000 was awarded statewide this year for EPA brownfields assessment grants.
More information is available online at www.wvbrownfields.com.