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EPA awards $250K to Charles Town for clean up efforts

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $250,000 in additional brownfields funding to support revitalization efforts in Charles Town, West Virginia.

Through the EPA's Brownfields Revolving Loan fund, the funding will allow the city to expand its cleanup activities to the Public Works Yard site, which is adjacent to an existing brownfield cleanup at the former Supertane plant.

Charles Town first received $650,000 through the Brownfields Revolving Loan fund in 2012. The initial funds were intended to support the clean up and transformation of the former Supertane manufactured gas plant site, which will become the new Evitts Run Conservancy, featuring recreational green space, public parkland and stormwater runoff control along Evitts Run Creek.

“Last year, I joined many partners in recognizing this area's successful revitalization efforts which are turning former industrial sites into assets that benefit the community,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “Today's additional funding will help sustain Charles Town's exemplary progress.”

Today's award to Charles Town is one of 31 grantees nationwide who are receiving a total of $11 million in funding to further brownfield cleanup.

Nationwide, there are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated sites. EPA targets these sites to encourage redevelopment, and help provide the opportunity for productive community use of contaminated properties.