West Virginia American Water working through Voluntary Remediation Program to clean up former junkyard


West Virginia American Water has negotiated a Voluntary Remediation Agreement (VRA) with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to address potential environmental conditions at the former Capital City Junk site in Charleston.

The property, located at 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., includes 3 acres and is currently being used by West Virginia American Water for vehicle parking and equipment storage. It is anticipated the property will be used for commercial or industrial development in the future. The legal title to the site is owned by the Kanawha County Commission and leased to West Virginia American Water. A junk and salvage yard operated at the site from the 1940s until the mid-1990s. Suspected contaminants include volatile organic compounds and pesticides.

West Virginia American Water will work with the DEP’s Office of Environmental Remediation to identify and assess human health and ecological risks associated with current and potential future uses of the site; establish applicable remediation standards and ensure those standards are maintained at the site.

VRAs are part of West Virginia’s Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act, which encourages voluntary cleanups of contaminated sites, as well as redevelopment of abandoned and under-utilized properties, with an objective of counteracting the lack of development on sites with contamination or perceived contamination.

Questions regarding the Voluntary Remediation Program or this VRA should be directed to either DEP Project Manager Bin Z. Schmitz (WVDEP—OER, 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304; 304-926-0499, ext. 1286) or Licensed Remediation Specialist Terry L. Wilfong Jr. (Kamron Environmental, 108 Craddock Way, Suite 5, Poca, WV 25159; 304-926-0499, ext.1286).


Kelley Gillenwater
304-926-0499, ext. 1331