EPA to Hold Public Listening Session in Minden

Jun 1, 2018

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.

EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio will be on hand to hear resident’s input next Thursday, June 7 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the New Beginning Apostolic Church in Minden. The agency said it will also provide a brief update on recent testing.

In the 1980s, the EPA found that a local company was responsible for contaminating the town’s soil with a harmful chemical called polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs. The agency spent millions of dollars on a cleanup.

But local residents are concerned PCB contamination is ongoing. They’re asking the EPA to place the site on the Superfund National Priorities List, which would make it eligible for longterm cleanup paid for by the federal government.

In a press release, the EPA said there is currently not enough data to determine if the site qualifies for the National Priorities List, but assessments are ongoing.