West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Freedom site tank demo gets under way

7/16/2014 Tank demolition at the site of the Jan. 9 Freedom Industries spill is under way and will last two to four weeks - barring no major weather delays.

The restructuring team and the contractor, Independence Excavating, began mobilizing equipment at the site this morning and started the cutting process late this afternoon. The project involves 10 steel tanks. Another four will be left on site to store stormwater runoff - any rainwater or shallow groundwater that comes into contact with potentially contaminated soil.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Water and Waste Management approved a stormwater management plan for the demolition activities yesterday (Monday). Approval of this plan was required before the tank dismantling project could begin. The plan involves:

• Covering areas in the footprint of the tanks with liners so the contaminated soil will not be exposed to rain during the demolition
• Preventing cross-contamination of soils by removing excess dirt and mud from equipment and boots
• Using a vacuum truck to collect liquid material found on the surface after the tanks are removed
• Halting work during significant rain events
• Limiting traffic, both foot traffic and vehicle/equipment traffic, on site
• Placing dismantled material within the containment wall area until it is loaded and hauled away
• Maintaining and carefully monitoring the existing sump pumps and collection trenches

DEP inspectors were on site for the beginning of the demolition and will continue to be on site throughout the duration of the project. Also, an asbestos removal contractor will be on hand to inspect for possible asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in areas that could not be included in the asbestos inspection conducted last month.

Once the tanks are removed, thorough soil and groundwater analysis can be conducted to determine the scope of the contamination and the steps needed to remediate the site.

Contact Information

Department of Environmental Protection