September 14, 2022

Manchin, Capito Announce $26 Million in EPA Funding through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Washington, DC — U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $26,275,917 in funding for West Virginia through several U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant programs. This funding was made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

“Our bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) continues to deliver critical investments for West Virginia, and I am pleased the EPA is investing more than $26 million in these three important programs. The funding announced today will help improve the quality of our drinking water sources, provide technical assistance to businesses for pollution reduction strategies, address emerging contaminants in water, and ensure communities have the resources they need to scope out and clean up Brownfields sites,” Senator Manchin said. “As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue advocating for resources to protect the health and wellbeing of communities across the Mountain State.”

“Our bipartisan infrastructure law aimed to address a variety of needs, from safe drinking water to the revitalization of our land, and today’s grant announcement is another example of these resources making a difference in West Virginia,” Ranking Member Capito said. “These dollars will provide a boost to our state’s department of health, enable Fayette County to plan and assess their brownfields properties, and provide WVU with more opportunities to collaborate with employers in the community.”

Individual awards listed below:
Capitalization Grants for Drinking Water State Revolving Funds:
  • $17,992,000 – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
These funds will be used to provide low interest financing for costs associated with the planning, design and construction of eligible drinking water improvement projects and activities to protect human health.
  • $7,555,000 – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
These funds will be used to address emerging contaminants in drinking water with a focus on projects addressing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Brownfield Community-Wide Assessment:
  • $378,917 – Fayette County Commission
 These funds will be used to conduct eligible assessment related to brownfields properties.
Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program:
  • $350,000 – West Virginia University
These funds will be used to provide technical assistance (e.g., information, training, tools) to businesses to help them develop and adopt source reduction practices