PCB Contamination Gets Minden, W.Va., Added To EPA Superfund Site List

May 17, 2019

On this West Virginia Morning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to clean up a former mining equipment operation in Fayette County, known as the Shaffer site. The agency announced this week it has added Minden to its national priorities list of superfund sites and hosted a community conversation around their next steps. Roxy Todd was there and has this report.

Also on today’s show, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including West Virginia Republican Shelley Moore Capito, have introduced two bills this week aimed at regulating a group of toxic chemicals known as PFAS. Brittany Patterson reports the chemicals used to make nonstick products and flame retardants have been found in some water systems in the Ohio Valley.

And most people are familiar with the idea of first aid — like what to do to when dealing with a cut or scrape — but not everyone knows what to do when their friend is showing signs of mental illness. There’s a class dedicated to having a better mental health first aid response. One of these classes was recently held in the Northern Panhandle. Corey Knollinger has more.

This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage once again welcomes special guest-host Kathy Mattea, and includes an awe-inspiring set from New England quartet Darlingside. Our Song of the Week is the band's harmony-rich performance of “Hold Your Head Up High,” recorded last month in Morgantown.

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