EPA adds Minden site to Superfund list

May 14, 2019

MINDEN, W.Va. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday added the site of a former mining equipment operation in West Virginia to its National Priorities List of Superfund sites.

The EPA announced in a news release the addition of the Shaffer Equipment/Arbuckle Creek Area Site in Minden to the list. That would make it a federal priority for cleanup, enforcement and funding. The EPA had proposed the move in September.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said in the EPA statement that Monday marked an important day because residents of Minden, a town of about 250 in Fayette County, “have been hurting for too long and they’ve been waiting on this level of help for decades.”

The Shaffer Equipment Co. manufactured equipment used in mining from 1970 to 1984.

PCBs were used by the company in the making of electrical substations. The industrial chemicals were banned in the U.S. in 1979 over concerns they can harm human and environmental health. Leaks, spills and dumping contributed to PCB contamination at the facility and runoff in adjacent Arbuckle Creek.