HUNTINGTON – A forum hosted by the city of Huntington and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday brought together leaders of various local, state and federal agencies to provide guidance on moving Huntington’s revitalization plan forward.
The daylong forum, which took place at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center, was among the first of its kind under the EPA’s “Making a Visible Difference in Communities” initiative.
Huntington was one of 53 communities nationwide the EPA selected to participate in the initiative, which aims to coordinate technical assistance across EPA programs and other federal agencies to support communities with brownfield and other old industrial sites as they pursue environmental improvements that enhance economic opportunities.
“Huntington must begin to think of itself on the scale of Philadelphia or Chicago,” said Huntington Mayor Steve Williams during his opening remarks. “This forum serves as a huge opportunity for local, state and federal agencies to form partnerships.”
Listen to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other panel members provide testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment regarding the reauthorization of the EPA’s Brownfields Program. The hearing took place at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
For more information about the hearing, visit the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee website here.
The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University is announcing a second round of competition for Renewable Energy Grants on Surface-Mined Lands.
The objective of this project is to demonstrate and increase renewable energy output on surface-mined land properties. Renewable energy project examples include the use of wind, solar or hydro for electrical generation, solar water heating, and planting of biomass crops for potential energy production. Eligible projects must involve use of former or current surface-mined property in West Virginia. Funding for this initiative is being provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the West Virginia Division of Energy.
Funding requests of up to $40,000 will be considered. Average proposal amounts are expected to be in the $25,000 to $35,000 range. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, units of local government, non-profit organizations, quasi-governmental entities, West Virginia school systems and West Virginia state agencies. Complete eligibility guidelines, match funding requirements, and application instructions are included in the Request For Proposal.
Applications are due on or before February 18th, 2014.