Moundsville Residents Blame Contaminated Soil for Headaches


 Neighbors in one area of Marshall County said the smell left behind after work at a local gas station was leaving them feeling ill.

Mounds of contaminated soil could be seen and smelled when you drove down Fourth Street in Moundsville. Resident there said they’ve noticed the soil and the smell that has been making them physically ill. We’ve been told, it all started a couple of weeks ago when the Loading Zone gas station there had underground gas storage tanks removed, because of a history of leakage. 

After the tanks were dug up the contaminated soil was placed there in mounds, which had been a major cause of concern for several of the neighbors in the area. 

“Being in charge of environmental for the health department in this county over the years, I know that contamination does travel. I don’t know if it traveled to the side North of it, or if it traveled to the East and West of it, but we did have an odor for two or three days and my daughter complained of a headache,” said BJ Baker, who lives just behind the mound of soil.

In order to get the contaminated soil out of the area it’s a pretty lengthy process. First the soil had to be tested to find out exactly what the contaminants are and how many contaminants were present in the soil, then from there the Department of Environmental Protection must contact the landfill and the landfill then must be approved to receive the contaminated soil.

Jim Gaston with the DEP said that it’s very hard to put a time line on these kinds of projects, because it all hinges on the results of the testing and then receiving the approval from the landfill to be able to transport the contaminants, however; they’re working as quickly as they possibly can to get the issue corrected.

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