Toxic site cleanup gets funding
By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer
The City of Hagerstown has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to plan redevelopment of the Central Chemical site in the city's West End, the EPA announced Thursday.
The Central Chemical property, which is 19 acres off Mitchell Avenue, is on the EPA's Superfund list of the country's most hazardous waste sites.
The $100,000 grant will be used to hire a consultant to help collect public opinion on what should be put at the site after it's cleaned and also develop a reuse plan for the site, said Kathy Maher, city senior planner.
Maher said the City Council still has to formally accept the grant.
"Through this effort, communities will be able to make sure EPA's cleanup decisions not only remove toxic threats, but also help achieve the community's vision for reuse of the site," EPA Region III Administrator Bradley Campbell said.