Wyoming County Economic Development Authority Submits Voluntary Remediation Program Application
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has accepted a Voluntary Remediation Program application submitted by Wyoming County Economic Development Authority (WCEDA) to address environmental conditions at Barkers Creek Industrial Park in Wyoming County.
The site is located at 651 Herndon Road in Bud and includes approximately 10.85 acres. The property was formerly used as a wood treatment facility, including wood pressure treatment methods, and for equipment storage associated with a general refuse removal company. Primary environmental impacts at the site include various heavy metals associated with wood treatment operations, with arsenic being the predominant heavy metal present. Heavy metal impacts are primarily found in the shallow soils across a significant section of the site, mainly the area of the former wood treatment facility. One area of the site, along the western edge of the former wood treatment production area, has been impacted by petroleum-based constituents associated with previous site activities. The site is currently undeveloped, cleared, vacant, and anticipated future use of the property is non-residential.
OER has negotiated a Voluntary Remediation Agreement (VRA) with the applicant. Under the VRA, the applicant will work with the WVDEP to identify human health and ecological risks associated with current and potential future uses of the site; establish applicable remediation standards; and ensure that standards are maintained at the site. Upon completion of the remediation, a final report will be submitted to OER for review and approval.
West Virginia’s Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act 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. By providing financial incentives to invest in brownfields, this approach protects communities and the environment while still promoting economic development in West Virginia.