Pomp, Circumstance and Forsythia!
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia Celebrates Remediation!
On Friday, September 10, 2021, Environmental Standards staff members were guests of honor for the North Berkeley Rail Trail (NBRT) “Remediation Celebration.” Representatives from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the County Commission, Town of Bath, and the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center spoke of the excitement and pride in completing the project. Lydia Work, Principal Chemist at Environmental Standards, was the project Licensed Remediation Specialist. The project was a former CSX parcel soon to be a trailhead for a 2.2-mile section of trail north of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The day started with over 400 forsythias planted by volunteers, creating a 225-foot-long vegetative barrier between the trail and an adjacent CSX-owned land.
US EPA provided a $100,000 brownfields cleanup grant to the town. US EPA Mid-Atlantic Acting Regional Administrator Diana Esher said, “Brownfields cleanups like this one breathe new life into communities by boosting local economies and enhancing the quality of life for the people who live, work and play there. We applaud the Town of Bath and its partners for leveraging the necessary resources to turn what was once a contaminated eyesore into a community asset.”