Friday, January 31, 2020

State Funding Provided To Help Cleanup Former Industrial Sites In Blair, Erie Counties

On January 31, Gov. Tom  Wolf announced the approval of funding to help clean up former industrial sites in Blair and Erie counties to prepare them for occupation by businesses and residential properties through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program.
“The benefits are two-fold – not only will harmful chemicals be removed from these properties, but the elimination of blight will attract aspiring renters, homeowners, and business owners for many years to come,” said Gov. Wolf.
The projects include--
-- Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation was approved for a $10,200 grant for an environmental assessment of the former Silk Mill Industrial Complex located in Blair County. In 2018, ISRP funds were used for environmental remediation costs. 
This funding will be used for an assessment to include soil borings, soil sampling, installation of monitoring wells, hazardous material survey, aquifer slug testing, sub-slab vapor sampling, indoor air and ambient air sampling and the development of a remediation plan. 
Once the site has been remediated, it will allow for development of approximately 100,000-170,000 square feet to support the construction of 42 residential apartments and 19,000 square feet of office/rental space. 
The project will also complement the redevelopment of the former Bon Secours Hospital Complex that is currently underway.
-- Albion Borough, Erie County was approved for a $63,810 grant for site characterization of an old gas station. The borough has a prospective buyer who plans to use the property for warehousing and minor parts assembly.
ISRP funds will be used for a geophysical and professional survey, soil borings and monitoring wells, well development, groundwater and soil gas sampling, aquifer testing, fate and transport analysis, human health risk assessment, remedial investigation reports, and the development of a cleanup plan. 
“This new funding will bring new opportunities to Blair and Erie counties and will ensure that these sites become safe and valuable properties that improve their communities and bring new appeal to formerly underutilized or unused areas,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin.
ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.
“Revitalizing former industrial sites provides tremendous benefits for communities, but important testing and remediation must take place to ensure that the sites are environmentally safe,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “These funds will allow for this important work to take place so that the sites are ready for redevelopment.”
For more information on this program, visit DCED’s Industrial Sites Reuse Program webpage.  More information on brownfields reuse is available at DEP’s Land Recycling Program webpage.
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[Posted: January 31, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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