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Paden City Development Authority To Receive $500,000 To Clean Up Industrial Park

By Staff | Jun 2, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the selection of 151 communities to receive 154 grant awards totaling $66.5 million in Brownfields funding through its Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup (MAC) Grants. West Virginia communities will receive nearly $3 million of this funding.

This funding will support underserved and economically disadvantaged communities across the country in assessing and cleaning up contaminated and abandoned industrial and commercial properties. Nationally, approximately 50% of selected recipients will be receiving EPA Brownfields Grant funding for the first time and more than 85% are in small communities.

For West Virginia, 85% of the recipients being awarded today are first time grantees, all targeted cities being considered have populations less than 50,000, and most meet the micro community threshold of less than 10,000.

“Through our Brownfields Program, EPA is delivering on the Biden Administration’s commitment to lifting up and protecting overburdened communities across America, especially communities that have experienced long periods of disinvestment and decay,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.

“These assessment and cleanup grants will not only support economic growth and job creation, but they will also empower communities to address the environmental, public health and social issues associated with contaminated land.”

“West Virginia is known for the natural beauty of our landscape, making it even more important that we preserve our land for future generations,” said Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “This funding will help support clean-up projects and assessments of our state’s Brownfields sites, improving the quality of our land and removing potentially hazardous waste. I have been a strong supporter of the EPA Brownfields Program and other initiatives that give our state the resources to protect West Virginians’ health and clean up contaminated sites for future development. I will continue to do everything I can to ensure West Virginia has healthy communities and a robust economy.”

Among the MAC grant recipients in West Virginia is the Paden City Development Authority, Paden City, WV who will receive a $500,000 Cleanup Grant.

The EPA has selected the Paden City Development Authority for a Brownfields Cleanup Grant. Grant funds will be used to clean up the Paden City Industrial Park located at 330 South First Avenue in the City of Paden City.

For over 75 years, the 8.6-acre cleanup site was used by the Paden City Pottery and Corning Glass Works companies to manufacture dinnerware. The process of making pottery from clay and applying the glaze led to the site being contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metals. Grant funds also will be used to support community outreach activities.