Minden added to EPA’s National Priorities List

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Concerns Remain After Toxic Town Taken Over by EPA

MINDEN, WV (WVNS) — Minden has officially been added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List. 

The announcement was made at a press conference held at a church in Minden Monday, May 13, 2019. 

This comes after WOWK 13 News Reporter Lily Bradley’s special report on how a trio of students in Minden conducted years of testing for dangerous chemicals.

The concern is over Polychlorinated Biphenyls, also known as PCBs.  Minden residents are believed to have been exposed to PCBs from equipment stored by the Shaffer Company. 

According to lawmakers in West Virginia, people in Minden show a significantly higher rate of cancer than other residents of Fayette County. 

Now that Minden is on the National Priority List, the community will have access to the EPA’s Superfund. That could help residents in providing specialized medical care and other services.  

Stay with 59 News on this developing story. 

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