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DOH to clean up Hurricane storage site

By Staff reports
HURRICANE, W.Va. -- The state Division of Highways will voluntarily clean up a former salt storage site in Hurricane, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday.The 3-acre tract of property is at the intersection of Mill Road and W.Va. 34. Before the property belonged to the DOH, a gas station sat on the site, which left some petroleum contamination in the area's groundwater, said David Hight, project manager for the DEP.Workers at the site removed a storm water runoff collection pond and 13,040 tons of chloride-impacted soil from the pond, according to a DEP media release. Volatile organic compounds and metals commonly associated with gasoline fueling operations are some of the worrisome chemicals at the site, according to the release.Hight said he believed the DOH wanted to sell the land, and according to the release, future buildings on the site will have to be non-residential and won't be able to have subsurface structures or basements.
The groundwater on the site will need to be monitored for contaminants, Hight said, which the DOH has agreed to do.    
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