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

Ohio EPA Workshop to be Held in Middletown Sept. 11; 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. 11, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at One Donham Plaza, Fourth Floor, Middletown. Registration information is online.

Speakers from Ohio EPA, Ohio Development Services Agency, U.S. EPA, JobsOhio, Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) and Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program, which provides assistance to small 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.

In the past 19 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. Since then, 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.