EPA awards West Point Brownfields grants

(C.J. LeMaster, WTVA)
(C.J. LeMaster, WTVA)
Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 5/09/2013 12:46 pm
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the city of West Point grants under the Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program.

The EPA announced the grant of $400,000 to the city on Wednesday.

The city will use the money to conduct testing for hazardous waste and petroleum contamination in three areas of the city.

They include the former Bryan Foods plant, the former Mary Holmes College campus, and the business corridor along Highway 45 Alternate.

The city asks for the money for the Bryan Foods site because it is being divided into eight parcels for potential industrial development.

The former Mary Holmes campus will be tested because of underground tanks, old fuel storage tanks, possible asbestos and lead contamination, and the location of a chemisty lab on campus.

The Highway 45 Alternate corridor will be also be tested due to the number of abandoned sites along the roadway.

City officials say they want to work to put more businesses on the highway in hopes of bringing more people downtown.

The funds will pay for 33 tests in those areas, community outreach, and cleanup alternatives for the sites.
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