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DEP Seeks Public Comment On Hardy County Log Fumigation Facility

One truck. Dozens of cut logs. Greenery from trees in the background.
A log truck transports a stack of freshly cut logs.
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Hardy County residents have a few more weeks to submit comments on a state permit for a log fumigation facility.

Allegheny Wood Products plans to construct the log fumigation facility in Baker and has sought an air quality permit from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP).

According to the company’s permit application, the facility will emit 9.4 tons a year of methyl bromide. Methyl bromide is a fumigant that kills fungi and wood-boring insects.

It is toxic. Prolonged exposure to the chemical can cause central nervous system and respiratory failures in humans, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

It also depletes ozone. It has been phased out since 2005 except for certain critical uses.

The DEP’s Division of Air Quality is seeking public comment by Friday, May 5. A public hearing may be held if the division’s director determines there is significant interest in the permit.