Brownfields

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Communities tasked with finding a second life for land that once housed coal-fired power plants should engage early and often and think holistically about the economic and environmental challenges and opportunities, according to a new tool.

The Chicago-based Delta Institute, which works with transitioning coal communities, released a roadmap this week aimed at helping local governments redevelop sites where coal plants once stood.


Brownfields site in Columbus, OH.
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The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded West Virginia nearly $3 million for assessment, remediation and planning work on contaminated properties across the state.

The EPA’s Brownfields Program is aimed at helping communities expand their ability to recycle polluted properties for new, productive reuses.

Flood, Greenbrier
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Flood-affected communities in southern West Virginia are receiving federal aid to help clean up brownfield sites for future development. 

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  A neighborhood redevelopment project in Huntington is moving forward.

Residents were invited to a public meeting Tuesday night at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena to kick off a planning and redevelopment project for former industrial properties in the Highlawn neighborbood, along with other sites in the city. The city of Huntington says in a news release that the goal is to have a strategy for the project completed by mid-2017.