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CHEMICAL SPILL GRANT
West Virginia applies for $350K federal grant to clean chemical spill
Reported by: Associated Press
Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:02 PM EST
West Virginia is seeking a $350,000 federal grant to assess the damage of a chemical spill that polluted the water supply for 300,000 people.
Up to 10 percent can go toward monitoring community health. Part of the money could pay for environmental insurance. But it can't directly cover cleanup costs.
The grant falls under the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program, dealing with sites contaminated by petroleum or hazardous substances.
Out of $63.2 million program, 25 percent has to fund petroleum projects.
The Department of Environmental Protection received letters of support from Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, state health officials and Marshall University's brownfields center.