Through its Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
(CERCLA, or more commonly referred to as the “Superfund” law) Program, WVDEP
coordinates with EPA and the U.S. Department of Defense to investigate sites with known or
West Virginia has identified areas with PFAS compounds in raw water and sampled the finished
water at the 37 sites that had the highest PFOA and PFOS detections in the raw water. The
State is working with public water systems with detectable levels of select PFAS compounds in
their finished water to evaluate treatment processes and best approaches to removing these
compounds, as well as identify funding options to minimize the burden on customers.
Technologies have been proven to reduce PFAS in drinking water to very low levels, such as
activated carbon, anion exchange, and high-pressure membranes, and the best approach may
vary from one water system to the next. West Virginia will receive $18.9 million in federal
funding over two years to address emerging contaminants like PFAS in drinking water. That
funding can be used for a wide range of activities, including research and testing, treatment,
source water activities, restructuring, consolidating, or creating water systems, and technical
WVDEP and DHHR will also be initiating finished water sampling at 100 additional sites that had
detections in the raw water and developing PFAS action plans to identify and address sources
of PFAS, pursuant to HB 3189.
The WVDEP will continue to review all new and relevant information as it becomes available to
help protect human health and the environment.