ONLY ON WOAY: Oak Hill sewer project may be down the drain with current construction company

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – The construction company that agreed to build Oak Hill Sanitary’s $23 million sewer project has pulled their equipment from the site and has left.

City Manager Bill Hannabass told WOAY that he hasn’t talked with the construction company yet to find out why, but he says the pull-out could be because of anything from needing the equipment for another project to hearing something from the Environmental Protection Agency that’s causing them to hold off.

The project would go through Minden, WV. Dirt samples in that area have turned up samples of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (“PCBs”), which can cause cancer.  That has many residents concerned that the sewer project would stir up the PCB’s, causing even more danger.

The Shaffer Equipment Company used to be based in Minden.  The EPA declared the area a Superfund site in need of clean-up in 1992 after PCB contamination was discovered there in 1985.

Hannabass says he and other city leaders will talk this week about what steps to take going forward.  He also says the construction company is bonded to do the project.

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