CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss

Editor’s Note: Reporters should call Mike Settles at (614) 644-2160 if interested in attending the workshop and/or covering the story.

Ohio EPA Workshop to be Held in Ashtabula Sept. 4;
State, Federal Help Available to Redevelop Blighted Properties

Ohio EPA is offering a free workshop to inform communities of the state and federal resources available to help redevelop brownfields, or blighted properties. The workshop will be held Sept. 4, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Kent State University’s Ashtabula Campus (Blue and Gold Room), 3300 Lake Road West, Ashtabula. Registration information is online.

Speakers from Ohio EPA, Ohio Development Services Agency, U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Office and Kansas State University (which provides assistance to communities through a U.S. EPA grant) will address the following topics:

Workshops can be scheduled for other Ohio communities by contacting Megan Oravec at (614) 728-1749 or Amy Yersavich at (614) 644-2285.

In the past 18 years, Ohio EPA has helped revitalize more than 8,000 acres of blighted land at nearly 400 sites across the state.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.