The Huntington Sanitary Board and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection are working together to clean up a former ash pond in Huntington.
The location on 300 Sunset Drive in Wayne County used to be a waste water treatment plant and the ash pond is a result of 50 years of burning sludge. The site is about 6.5 acres which is unoccupied and undeveloped.
The Sanitary Board is working to address the environmental issues that include chemicals that are semi-volatile in the ash pond. Environmental regulators would eventually consider the site a landfill and the board wanted to take action before that happened.
The board is in the process of trying to receive a Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund for the green infrastructure project. It will be turned into a storm water bio-retention basin which will treat rain water on-site. Cleanup should start late 2012.