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EPA selects West Virginia for $1M in brownfields grants

CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal environmental regulators have picked five West Virginia projects to receive $1 million in brownfields grants.

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

The recipients include the Wayne County Economic Development Authority, city of Morgantown, city of Thomas and Wyoming County Economic Development Authority.

The state Department of Environmental Protection also received one grant for Nicholas, Fayette, and Raleigh counties.

The Wyoming project covers the Barkers Creek Industrial Park, which has been abandoned since 2000.

The five grants were $200,000 each. Most grants cover assessment of eight to 15 possible sites.

Overall, 171 communities in 44 states are receiving 264 EPA brownfields grants. EPA announced $67 million in nationwide brownfields funding Wednesday.

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