CHARLESTON, WV – In response to a report issued today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gov. Jim Justice said the state of West Virginia will continue to rely on guidance from the federal agency as it relates to testing and assessment of PCB contamination in the Fayette County community of Minden.
“We have some good news here today in that the EPA has told us there is not an immediate threat to the public in Minden and that they are going to keep investigating to determine if there is any long term threat,” said Gov. Justice. “Wisdom requires us to follow EPA’s recommendations.”
“We also have been told that after testing and sampling that there is no need to further delay work on construction of the sewer line running from the old Arbuckle PSD sewer plant to the Oak Hill sewer plant in Minden,” Gov. Justice added. “So work there can proceed again immediately.”
“We have acted promptly and appropriately to protect the citizens of Minden as we do all the time with every West Virginian.”
Gov. Justice said he remains committed to having Minden added to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites if the EPA recommends it.
“While the EPA continues its investigation and work I am totally supportive of having it added to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites if the EPA determines that it qualifies for that designation.”