Gov. Justice says he is prepared to endorse EPA recommendation that Minden site be placed on National Priorities List of Superfund sites

2/9/2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice said today that pending a final report from the U.S. EPA expected later this month or in early March, he is prepared to endorse a recommendation from the EPA that the former Shafer Equipment site in the Fayette County community of Minden be added to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites.

 

“Since the 1980s there have been several efforts to address contamination and remediation of the site in question,” said Gov. Justice. “Today, based on preliminary results from testing the EPA has recently conducted, we believe the EPA will be bringing to us their findings and a plan in the next few weeks. While the exact areas of concern to the EPA are not known to us at this time, it is my expectation that I will be able to endorse this plan and their recommendation that it is a Superfund eligible site and that it be added to EPA’s National Priorities List (NPL).”

 

“The EPA has been in control of this site for more than 25 years and the ball is still in their court,” Gov. Justice added. “But representatives of our Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have been actively involved with the EPA for the last six months to get answers because the health and safety of West Virginians is a priority for me,” Gov. Justice added. “So, I’m happy that early in my term as Governor we’re going to see this decades-old problem resolved.”​ 


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