Griffith Announces $600,000 in Brownfields Grants for Bluefield Area

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | Kevin Baird (202-225-3861)
Tags: Economy

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $600,000 Brownfields Assessment Coalition Grant targeting the Town of Bluefield, Virginia, and the City of Bluefield, West Virginia:

“The Brownfields Program assists local communities in cleaning up and redeveloping former industrial and commercial sites in preparation for new economic endeavors. This $600,000 brownfields grant will help Bluefield assess such locations in the area and plan for their recovery and reuse. These funds are a valuable aid to environmental restoration and economic growth in the Bluefield area.

Background

According to the EPA, the assessment grant includes $400,000 for hazardous substances and $200,000 for petroleum. Among the purposes the funds will be used for are environmental site assessments and preparing endangered species or cultural recovery surveys, cleanup plans, a downtown revitalization plan for the Town of Bluefield, site reuse assessments, and a community involvement plan.

Griffith sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which in the last Congress led the process to reauthorize funding for the Brownfields Program through 2023.

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