ROMNEY, W.Va. – A “litter sweep” of five Eastern Panhandle counties has been completed by Natural Resources Police Officers of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The 2013 litter sweep was executed during the week of April 6-12 and targeted problem areas in the counties of Hampshire, Mineral, Jefferson, Morgan and Berkeley.
“Because of the large number of solid waste complaints we had received from the public, solid waste authorities and waste haulers, it was deemed a necessity to engage a litter sweep in five of the eight District 2 counties,” said Capt. Roy Cool of the WVDNR District 2 office in Romney.
At the week’s conclusion, NRPOs had filed 46 criminal charges relating to solid waste and littering. In addition 43 written warnings were issued for cleanup and disposal of solid waste.
This is not the first time these counties have been targeted for cleanup, according to Capt. Cool. In March 2012, Natural Resources Police conducted a litter sweep in all eight of District 2’s counties - Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, and Pendleton. The sweep generated 60 criminal charges filed for no proof of mandatory disposal, creating/contributing to an open dump, open burning of refuse and littering. In addition, 120 written warnings for violations were issued for cleanup and proper disposal of solid waste.
“The assault on solid waste violations often appears never-ending’” Capt. Cool said. “However, this concentrated endeavor in enforcement coupled with educational efforts by our Natural Resources Police Officers has produced positive results and compliance with solid waste and litter infractions. In order to curb these types of violations Natural Resources Police Officers will continue concerted missions to stop solid waste and littering.”
Persons in the District 2 area are encouraged to report littering and solid waste violations to their local Natural Resources Police Officer or the District Headquarters at 304-822-3551. You may also contact satellite offices in Inwood (304-267-0037), Franklin (304-358-2701) and at Moorefield (304-538-6762).
Capt. Roy E. Cool