Salem gets federal funds for brownfield cleanup

SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – Columbiana County is getting federal money to help clean up brownfield sites in Salem.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced Wednesday that Salem will receive $400,000 as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup program.

The funds will be used to attract potential buyers that may be interested in brownfield areas in the city.

Once a buyer is found, the money will be used to help with cleanup efforts.

A comprehensive plan to clean up brownfield areas in the city include priority properties along an industrial corridor on the west side of the city that includes the former Elger plumbing plant, the Millers Holzworth site and Colfor plant.

Ken Kenst, Salem’s director of public services and safety, said having the money set aside for cleanup could attract potential buyers.

“It is a step in the right direction. It eliminates a lot of barriers for the people that would want to come to town,” said Kenst.

The money includes funds for petroleum and hazardous waste cleanup.

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