Time:Tuesday, September 6, 2016
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Tour will depart from the Charleston Town Center Marriott at 1:30 pm. You must register for this workshop separately, it is not included in the Conference registration (follow the link below).
On January 9, 2014, West Virginia received national attention when over 10,000 gallons of 4-Methyl-1-cyclohexane Methanol (MCHM) were released from an aboveground storage tank and flowed into the Elk River, contaminating a downstream municipal drinking intake and affecting over 300,000 residents in 9 counties. With MCHM—a coal-washing agent and skin, eye, and lung irritant—in their supplied water, residents in a multitude of small communities were left without drinkable or usable water for more than a week. This environmental disaster eventually led to the West Virginia Legislature’s passage of the Aboveground Storage Tank Act on April 1, 2014.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection provided initial emergency response at the time of the release and continues to work on site remediation today through the Voluntary Remediation Program. Efforts have been complicated with limited available information on the contaminant, bankruptcy of the responsible party, public perception of risk, and the fact that the site was a former Voluntary Remediation Program project.
Join us for a conversation on providing emergency response, remediating, and redeveloping a controversial property, as we walk the property and footprint of the former aboveground storage tank.