A public meeting to discuss possible dangerous PCB contamination in Minden is planned for Thursday, April 5, 2018. It will be held at the Minden Community Center on McKinney Road and kicks off at 6 p.m.
Among those who are attending is Albert Kelly, who is the chairman of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund Task Force. Earlier this year, Governor Jim Justice (R-WV) requested Minden be added to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites.
The source of the concerns for residents is the Shaffer Equipment site where the EPA conducted clean up work in 2002. Shaffer used the site to build electrical mining equipment and transformers which contained PCBs. As a part of the clean up work, the EPA put a one acre cap over the area. In June 2017, an inspection determined the cap needed repairs due to storm damage.
In a release, Minden community members said they are hoping to start a relationship with Kelly to help mend a divide between the town and the Regional EPA staff. The said the town’s interaction with the EPA has been less than ideal for 34 years.