DuPont Pollution Seep At WV Site Long Unnoticed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- For years before anyone noticed, water loaded with potentially toxic heavy metals seeped out of the ground below the former DuPont zinc smelter in spelter -- and into the West Fork River.

State environmental inspectors acknowledge they didn't spot it.

Neither did the engineering firm hired by DuPont to inspect the site monthly to ensure toxic waste remains sealed under a layer of earth and plastic.

Instead, it was suspicious resident Rebecca Morlock, who spent a year investigating and complaining to get the seep get repaired.

The Department of Environmental Protection says metals in the water dispersed as they flowed downhill, then diluted in the river.

They say that since no downstream communities use the West Fork for drinking water, the only risk might be to fish.

But Morlock still worries people are being re-exposed to dangerous substances.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by courious Location: ohio on Aug 2, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    jobs or your health ANONYMOUS, which would you pick?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    Hey good idea keep ripping dupont maybee then they will pick up and move out of the area and we will have less jobs than what we have now...real smart everyone!
  • by Phillip C. Smith Location: Davisville, WV on Jul 31, 2009 at 04:03 AM
    Just what are the types of toxic metals; will DEP, EPA, and any affiliated fish and wildlife agencies test the fish and and local individual wells to consider issuing warnings about consumption of any fish caught and possible cancers and other dangers that may affect humans, domesticated home and farm animals and local wildlife? Ms. Morlock is to be commended for her diligence and determination as much as DEP and the "engineering firm" hired by DuPont may require to begin apologizing for beginners. A "engineering firm" for DuPont never noticed anything wrong. Was this another case of the Fox monitoring its hen house?
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