The United States Department of Transportation announced a grant award for the Ohio Rail Development Commission this past week that could impact the proposed cracker plant at Dilles Bottom, WTRF-TV 7 first reported June 6.

Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson said the $16 million grant will improve a 30-mile stretch of the Norfolk Southern River Line, which runs from Jefferson County, through Belmont County to Monroe County. The line runs past the proposed plant site.