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Officials begin work on land assessment at Brooke County site

Updated: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 08:57 PM EST

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. – After securing a grant that would assess any environmental hazards at the former site of Wheeling Corrugating in Brooke County, officials met to get that job started.

The grant is worth $22,000 and will be part of a two-phase assessment making sure there aren’t any types of chemicals or hazards that would hinder future development.

The U.S.Environmental Protection Agency and the West Virginia DEP teamed with Techlaw Inc. at the 600-acre site Tuesday morning.

“We’ll look for any types of qualified environmental conditions that are recognizable,” Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle Assistant Director Marvin Six said. “That’ll be a part of the Phase 1 process. All we’re trying to do is identify any potential environmental hazards and risks.”

Officials with the BDC of the Northern Panhandle say it’s a step forward in bringing business back to the area.

“Any potential buyer or developer likes to know exactly what they are going to be getting into when they buy or develop a site,” Six said. “This grant will enable us to give a qualified and credible report that’ll be prepared by an independent company.”

Six says teamwork between agencies has helped bring about $1 million to the Northern Panhandle already for similar assessments. This assessment is expected to last several months.

“(It’s) more extensive when, if you have to go in and do any type of core drillings or water samplings,” Six said. “So it could be a year to do Phase 1 and Phase 2, but it could be a shorter timeline.”

Officials begin work on land assessment at Brooke County site


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