Large illegal dump sparks outrage, call to action in Mercer County

Mercer County

Just past Bramwell, a couple miles before the McDowell County line, sits decades of garbage, piled up and dumped illegaly. 

Everything from tires, household items, even an old couch could be found on this site.

Mercer County Commissioner, Greg Puckett, said he is disappointed to see trash blatantly dumped in his county.

“It’s really a disgusting mess. It’s just really disheartening when you try to spend so much time and effort to clean the county up, and you know this has been around for a long time, but it’s still occuring,” Puckett explained.

This illegal dump sits in the heart of the ATV trail systems. Puckett said this is not something people should see when they visit the area.

“We want a better reputation than we are giving to the rest of the world. We wonder why people think of us the way they do, but yet when we do things like this, it’s justified,” Puckett said. 

However, these illegal dumps do not just create a site for sore eyes. Mercer County Litter Control Officer, Josh Parks, said the creek that runs through the dump, eventually feeds the Bluestone River where toxins from the trash can pollute the water. Parks added the more than 2,000 tires found in this dump also house a smaller threat to humans.

“Tires like this collect water and harbor mosquito populations,” Parks explained.

Parks said the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will now hire a company to clean the site. He hopes to begin this process in the Fall of 2019.

Until then, Parks said he will be searching for the people behind this mess.

“Now that I know this is here, I’m going to be hanging cameras to patrol who is coming in and out,” Parks said. 

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