Superfund

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The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public listening session next week in the town of Minden, which is seeking federal help due to hazardous waste contamination.

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On a recent drive through the Northview neighborhood of Clarksburg, James Lachapelle surveyed what is left of the factory that was once the lifeblood of this blue-collar community in north central West Virginia.

Broken windows dot the dilapidated structure, which was once the Roland glass factory. Luscious green vines and trees almost obscure the piles of tires and other refuse.

Lachapelle has lived here his entire life. His grandfather, father and brother all worked at the glass factory.

"I grew up with that factory there and never had one worry about," he said. "I mean we just grew up [thinking] 'OK, that’s just the way it was,' but as you got older and the factory collapsed, then you started worrying when are they going to clean this mess up?"

Harrison County
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Federal officials are adding a Clarksburg site to the list of the most serious spots identified for environmental cleanup. On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the addition of the North 25th Street Glass and Zinc site to the Superfund National Priorities List.

Clarksburg Superfund Site
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A hazardous waste site in Clarksburg could be added to the federal Superfund program's priority list.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adding the former North 25th Street Glass and Zinc property to its priority list. The EPA says the site poses public health and environmental threats.