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Commerce Secretary Pick's Company to Pay $150 EPA Fine


A company associated with West Virginia’s newly tapped commerce secretary has agreed to pay a $150,000 fine after it was accused of violating the federal Clean Water Act.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports federal authorities recently finalized a deal with High Tech Corridor Development LLC regarding what federal inspectors concluded was unpermitted construction work for an extension of the White Oaks business park in Bridgeport.

High Tech Corridor is part of The Thrasher Group, an engineering firm headed by Woody Thrasher, Gov-Elect Jim Justice’s pick to be the next commerce secretary.

The consent agreement was proposed by the EPA in October and finalized last month.

Thrasher said in an email that the Department of Environmental Protection “has not acted in a responsible manner on this issue.” He did not elaborate.