Hattiesburg needs public input for EPA grant

The city of Hattiesburg needs the public's input to clean up a contaminated site.

The city must apply for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2013 Grant regarding more than 57 acres located in east Hattiesburg. According to the Hattiesburg Grant Coordinator, Brett Benson, the $200,000 grant will fund the cleanup of city owned property, that contains pollutants including arsenic and lead in surface soils.

Benson says the area was used as a solid waste landfill, that closed in the 70s'. Benson says once the city receives the funding they will create a non-permeable barrier, and enclose the contaminates so it can't bleed off. Benson says the goal is to turn the area into a useful property.

"The goals of the Brownfields Program is also to bring those properties back into usefulness, so they are actually generating, from a city's stand point sales tax, maybe something can actually be put on there in the future," said Benson.

If you would like to view a copy of the grant application visit www.hattiesburgms.com. You can also view it at the Hattiesburg Petal Forrest County Library, or at city hall. The public can also submit their comments during a public meeting, October 1st at 4 p.m. You can also start to submit comments now by calling Benson at 601-554-1014 or email him at grntwtr@hattiesburgmsdot.com.