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West Virginia officials halt construction on highway project

October 16, 2018

KERENS, W.Va. (AP) — A company working on the Corridor H highway in West Virginia has been ordered to stop by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the department’s Sept. 28 cease-and-desist order follows a series of violations in Randolph and Tucker counties where Kokosing Construction Company is doing work on the $209 million project.

The order cites violations between December and last month saying inspectors found the Ohio-based company violated a water quality permit by failing to maintain erosion control devices and letting sediment-filled water leave the construction site.

In a letter to the department dated Oct. 10, Kokosing attributed the violations to “unseasonable and challenging” rain and included rainfall data and different plans for corrective action.

The state Division of Highways didn’t respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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