Dave Mistich http://wvpublic.org en Tweets from the Scene: The Final Moments of Freedom Industries' Tank 396 http://wvpublic.org/post/tweets-scene-final-moments-freedom-industries-tank-396 <p></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">The storage tank&nbsp;that was the source of a&nbsp;chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 West Virginians on January 9 has been demolished. Tank 396, which housed the coal-scrubbing compound MCHM, was demolished Tuesday afternoon.&nbsp;</span>Contractors <a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/photos-video-demolition-freedom-industries-site-begins">began demolition of the tank farm</a> on July 15.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:49:22 +0000 Dave Mistich 16224 at http://wvpublic.org Tweets from the Scene: The Final Moments of Freedom Industries' Tank 396 Feds Commit to Health Studies on Elk River Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/feds-commit-health-studies-elk-river-chemical-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal, state, and&nbsp;Kanawha&nbsp;county officials met Wednesday in U.S. Senator Joe&nbsp; Manchin’s&nbsp;Washington D.C. office to pin down plans for more studies on the January 9 chemical spill at Freedom Industries. The announcement comes as a relief to those who’ve been pressing for this development since almost day one.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Members of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Health, and the West Virginia Department and Health and Human Resources were part of the meeting.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:32:43 +0000 Dave Mistich 15884 at http://wvpublic.org Feds Commit to Health Studies on Elk River Chemical Spill Photos & Video: Demolition of Freedom Industries Site Begins http://wvpublic.org/post/photos-video-demolition-freedom-industries-site-begins <p></p><p>Freedom Industries contractors began the demolition process &nbsp;at the site of a January chemical leak that tainted the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Contractors knocked out a wall and ripped piping materials from the tanks Tuesday.</p><p>Freedom Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch said four tanks will remain up to store stormwater and waste at the site until their contents are removed. &nbsp;He said, at that point, the contents will be removed and those tanks will be torn down at the end of the process. &nbsp;</p><p>Welch says Tank No. 396, which is the tank that stored&nbsp;MCHM and leaked into the river on January 9, will be demolished sometime next week.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are some images of the site just before and during the initial phases of the demolition process:</p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:22:18 +0000 Dave Mistich 15465 at http://wvpublic.org Photos & Video: Demolition of Freedom Industries Site Begins Tank Demolition Underway at Freedom Site http://wvpublic.org/post/tank-demolition-underway-freedom-site <p>Demolition has started on at the site of a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated public drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians.</p><p>Independence Excavating began the demolition process Tuesday by knocking down a brick wall, tearing out piping, and removing materials connected to the tanks. Freedom Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch says the first cuts to the tanks will come Wednesday.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:06:36 +0000 Dave Mistich 15459 at http://wvpublic.org Tank Demolition Underway at Freedom Site DEP Approves Stormwater Management Plan for Freedom Tank Demolition http://wvpublic.org/post/dep-approves-stormwater-management-plan-freedom-tank-demolition <p>The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has approved a stormwater management plan for the demolition of the Charleston Freedom Industries site. The tanks there were involved in the contamination of the drinking water for some 300,000 West Virginians in January.</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1217503-revised-stormwater-management-plan.html" target="_blank">the plan approved Monday</a>, Freedom Industries contractors will place liners over the footprint of the tanks to prevent stormwater from unintentionally entering the ground.</p><p>Contractors will also halt the demolition process if more than two inches of rain falls within a six-hour period.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:53:14 +0000 Dave Mistich 15398 at http://wvpublic.org DEP Approves Stormwater Management Plan for Freedom Tank Demolition Retailers Ban Pseudoephedrine, New Cancer Research, Shepherdstown Theater Festival & Bottle Rockets http://wvpublic.org/post/retailers-ban-pseudoephedrine-new-cancer-research-shepherdstown-theater-festival-bottle-rockets <p></p><p>Ashton Marra speaks with Senator Greg Tucker--who backed a bill to restrict sales of pseudoephedrine--about&nbsp;major retail pharmacies announcing plans to stop selling the drugs.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Marshall University professor Vincent Sollars&nbsp;recently received a nearly $500,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute for his unique cancer research involving canalization. The 24th season of the&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; text-align: center; background-color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;features plays&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">exploring the topics of our day.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Bottle Rockets perform "Big Lots of Love" on this Mountain&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stage song of the week.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:49:20 +0000 Dave Mistich 15229 at http://wvpublic.org Retailers Ban Pseudoephedrine, New Cancer Research, Shepherdstown Theater Festival & Bottle Rockets Study: MCHM Could Be More Toxic Than Previously Thought http://wvpublic.org/post/study-mchm-could-be-more-toxic-previously-thought <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new study shows a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated. But the researcher behind the study cautions there are differences between his tests and earlier studies.</span></p><p>University of South Alabama researcher Dr. Andrew Whelton <a href="http://www.southce.org/ajwhelton/?p=4503">released the findings Thursday</a> from crude MCHM toxicity tests on freshwater fleas.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:27:33 +0000 Dave Mistich & Associated Press 15176 at http://wvpublic.org Study: MCHM Could Be More Toxic Than Previously Thought Plan Approved to Renovate Historic W.Va. Mansion http://wvpublic.org/post/plan-approved-renovate-historic-wva-mansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The state is moving forward with a project to renovate a historic mansion on the West Virginia Capitol grounds.</p><p>Holly Grove Mansion has been vacant since the Bureau of Senior Services moved its offices to the Charleston Town Center Mall in October 2004.</p><p>The Capitol Building Commission on Wednesday approved an architectural firm's plans to renovate the structure.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:41:15 +0000 Dave Mistich 15162 at http://wvpublic.org Plan Approved to Renovate Historic W.Va. Mansion Preston County Schools Regain Control, Revitalizing a Princeton Theatre & A Museum for John Henry http://wvpublic.org/post/preston-county-schools-regain-control-revitalizing-princeton-theatre-museum-john-henry <p></p><p>The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to return control to Preston County Schools but, the return of control comes with some conditions.&nbsp;A non-profit organization in Princeton is working to improve the community by renovating a theatre. &nbsp;The legend of the steel-driving man John Henry will soon have a home at a museum in the folklore hero's hometown of Talcott.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:56:28 +0000 Dave Mistich 15159 at http://wvpublic.org Preston County Schools Regain Control, Revitalizing a Princeton Theatre & A Museum for John Henry State Approves Start of Work on Clarksburg Building http://wvpublic.org/post/state-approves-start-work-clarksburg-building <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state has authorized a contractor to begin work on a $25 million office building in downtown Clarksburg.</span></p><p>The General Services Division issued a notice to proceed with the project on Tuesday to Mascaro Construction of Pittsburgh. The notice says the deadline to complete the project is Dec. 6, 2015.</p><p>City manager Martin Howe<a href="http://bit.ly/1jdO5vh" target="_blank"> tells The Exponent Telegram&nbsp;</a>that city officials are eager for the project to begin.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:00:09 +0000 Dave Mistich 15107 at http://wvpublic.org State Approves Start of Work on Clarksburg Building Meeting Dr. Martirano, Fasting for Climate Change, Mountaintop Mining's Effect on Fish & More http://wvpublic.org/post/meeting-dr-martirano-fasting-climate-change-mountaintop-minings-effect-fish-more <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>West Virginia got a glimpse of its newly appointed superintendent of schools yesterday when Dr. Michael Martirano was introduced to a crowd of state employees and members of the media.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">85-year-old veteran, Roland </span>Micklem<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">says he’s organized the fast as a way to express his sadness over the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">deteriorating natural environment that he has witnessed in Appalachia.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A newly released study shows that mountaintop removal mining affects fish populations downstream from the mining site. Also,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Marshall University will open a new visual arts center in the fall in downtown Huntington.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:30:27 +0000 Dave Mistich 15097 at http://wvpublic.org Meeting Dr. Martirano, Fasting for Climate Change, Mountaintop Mining's Effect on Fish & More WVOASIS Integrates State Business Procedures & The Appalachian Project Seeks Stories http://wvpublic.org/post/wvoasis-integrates-state-business-procedures-appalachian-project-seeks-stories <p></p><p>Tuesday marks a major change in the way state government does business but, unless you're a state employee that handles business procedures, it’s a change you likely won’t even notice. Two friends--one &nbsp;in Johnson City, Tennessee and the other in Dickinson County, Virginia--are hoping to make a documentary showing a truer side of the Appalachian Region.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:01:11 +0000 Dave Mistich 15024 at http://wvpublic.org WVOASIS Integrates State Business Procedures & The Appalachian Project Seeks Stories Federal Regulator Issues Citations to Wyoming Co. Mine for Black Lung, Explosion Hazards http://wvpublic.org/post/federal-regulator-issues-citations-wyoming-co-mine-black-lung-explosion-hazards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued 38 citations as a result of an inspection of Rhino Eastern LLC's Eagle Mine 3 in Wyoming County. &nbsp;</span>MSHA says inspectors found conditions that put miners at risk of developing black lung disease and increased the potential for deadly explosions.</p><p>According to a news release issued Monday, inspectors arrived at the mine mid-morning on June 24, securing the mine’s phone systems on the surface that provide communications to the underground mining section. They traveled to the underground working section, where they arrived undetected. There, they determined that the mine operator failed to follow approved ventilation, methane and dust control plans in several locations of the underground mine.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:57:43 +0000 Dave Mistich 15001 at http://wvpublic.org Federal Regulator Issues Citations to Wyoming Co. Mine for Black Lung, Explosion Hazards Five Things From West Virginia American Water's Testimony to the PSC Regarding the Elk River Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/five-things-west-virginia-american-waters-testimony-psc-regarding-elk-river-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In May, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia opened a general investigation into West&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Virginia American Water’s response to January chemical spill at Freedom Industries. The investigation followed heavy scrutiny from the public over the water company not shutting down their intake along the Elk River downstream of the spill.</span></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:38:04 +0000 Dave Mistich 14941 at http://wvpublic.org Five Things From West Virginia American Water's Testimony to the PSC Regarding the Elk River Spill Water Company Provides Testimony to PSC Regarding Elk River Spill Response http://wvpublic.org/post/water-company-provides-testimony-psc-regarding-elk-river-spill-response <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">West Virginia American Water has met Wednesday's deadline to provide testimony to the Public Service Commission regarding an investigation into the water company’s response to the January chemical spill into the Elk River. &nbsp;</span></p><p>In May, the PSC opened a general investigation into the incident.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:47:14 +0000 Dave Mistich 14761 at http://wvpublic.org Water Company Provides Testimony to PSC Regarding Elk River Spill Response Could a Once Polluted Section of the Kanawha River Be Used for Drinking Water? http://wvpublic.org/post/could-once-polluted-section-kanawha-river-be-used-drinking-water <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a 72-mile stretch of the Kanawha River that runs from the small town of Diamond, near Belle in southern Kanawha County, all the way to Point Pleasant where it flows into the Ohio River. Since 1980, this section—known as Zone 1 by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection—has been exempt from being classified as Category A. That exemption prevents that section of the Kanawha River from being used as a source for drinking water.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 02:47:12 +0000 Dave Mistich 14717 at http://wvpublic.org Could a Once Polluted Section of the Kanawha River Be Used for Drinking Water? More on the History of Wheeling's Name, High School Students Learn Conservation & Jason Isbell http://wvpublic.org/post/more-history-wheelings-name-high-school-students-learn-conservation-jason-isbell <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">We &nbsp;hear what author Alan Fitzpatrick was able to uncover in his search in the mystery of how Wheeling got its name.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">The Student Climate and Conservation Conference asks the question: How are we as global citizens going to bring back and contribute to our schools and communities? Also, Jason Isbell performs "Traveling Alone" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:26:16 +0000 Dave Mistich 14475 at http://wvpublic.org More on the History of Wheeling's Name, High School Students Learn Conservation & Jason Isbell WV TAP Recommends More Research, Precautions After Research http://wvpublic.org/post/wv-tap-recommends-more-research-precautions-after-research <p>An independent research team hired by Gov. Tomblin to further study the chemical that contaminated the water supply of 300,00 West Virginians in January released their final report Thursday.<br /><br />The West Virginia Testing Assessment Project, or WVTAP, <a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/home-testing-after-elk-river-chemical-spill-launches">began studying MCHM in February</a> and has released results along the way. Thursday’s report includes their previously released findings and recommendations for moving forward.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:30:42 +0000 Ashton Marra & Dave Mistich 14455 at http://wvpublic.org WV TAP Recommends More Research, Precautions After Research Exiting WVU Parkersburg President Honored with Emeritus Designation http://wvpublic.org/post/exiting-wvu-parkersburg-president-honored-emeritus-designation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors has named Dr. Marie Foster Gnage president emeritus. Gnage is the sixth president of WVU Parkersburg and the college’s second president, after Dr. Eldon Miller, to receive this designation.</p><p>A news release issued Thursday says a resolution was presented to Gnage at the June 2014 board meeting.</p><p>The board recognized Gnage’s leadership in many non-profit organizations and local, state and national higher education initiatives.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:58:33 +0000 Dave Mistich 14421 at http://wvpublic.org Exiting WVU Parkersburg President Honored with Emeritus Designation Wheeling's Dark History (and Name), Arts and Bots, & A Scavenger Hunt for Charleston Culture http://wvpublic.org/post/wheelings-dark-history-and-name-arts-and-bots-scavenger-hunt-charleston-culture <p></p><p>In Wheeling writer Alan Fitzpatrick's new book, <em>A Place of Skulls</em>, he says the city has a dark history.&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; line-height: normal;">Kids from the surrounding areas were in Huntington this week taking part in Arts and Bots: Exploring Robotics and the Arts.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the sharpest&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 18px; line-height: normal;">eighth graders in social studies and arts from various counties participate in a scavenger hunt in downtown Charleston.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:44:10 +0000 Dave Mistich 14406 at http://wvpublic.org Wheeling's Dark History (and Name), Arts and Bots, & A Scavenger Hunt for Charleston Culture