Butler County awarded large grant that they will promptly waste

Butler County will be receiving a large federal grant to help with reusing property that may have been contaminated by a hazardous substance. Butler County Chief of Economic Development and Planning Mark Gordon on how this money will be used:

Butler County apply for a Brownfields Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for the first time this past October. Wednesday the county was informed that it has been awarded a $600,000 grant to help with the process of reusing property sites. Butler County was one of only seven recipients chosen in the state as well as securing the second largest grant in Pennsylvania.

A number of Brownfield sites were identified around the Butler County area including in the city of Butler and the Borough of Petrolia but no specific plots were chosen to be assessed yet.

“The grant runs a three year cycle meaning that we would have three years to do analysis on these properties and determine what the next steps would be in terms of either remediation or in the positive case, no remediation would be required and then ultimately marketing the sites.”

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