EPA to Conduct Soil, Water Sampling in Minden, W. Va.

EPA to Conduct Soil, Water Sampling in Minden, W. Va.

PHILADELPHIA (June 12, 2017) –- (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin soil and water sampling June 12 around the six-acre Shaffer Equipment Company site in Minden, W.Va. where EPA previously conducted cleanup work to address soil contaminated with Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).


The former Shaffer Equipment Company used the site to manufacture equipment used in mining that included transformers and other electrical equipment that contained PCBs.

EPA’s last action at the site was completed in 2002 when soil was excavated and a cap was constructed over about one acre of the site that included the remains of a demolished building and some remaining contaminated soil.

The new round of sampling for PCBs and dioxin is being conducted in response to concerns from residents. Representatives from EPA and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection met with residents in March. The sampling will help determine if there is any threat to public health and the environment.

The sampling will be conducted at the site and for about a one-mile stretch north of the site along Arbuckle Creek to Thurmond Street. Water samples will be collected from the creek, and groundwater samples will be collected from the site. Some of the soil sampling will be taken from residential properties along the creek.

EPA expects to have sampling results back from a laboratory later this summer. After those samples are analyzed, EPA will host a public open house in the fall to explain the results and answer questions.
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