WEIRTON BOP IMPLOSION SITE
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently assessing the Weirton Basic Oxygen Plant (BOP) Implosion Site, located in Weirton, Hancock County, West Virginia. EPA will evaluate the impact that the March 9, 2019 implosion had on nearby properties by analyzing soils to determine the concentrations of deposited materials.
Beginning the week of February 17, 2020, EPA and its contractors will conduct soil sampling on properties located near the former BOP facility, primarily along Weir Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. Soil samples will be taken from undeveloped and vacant properties where there were no cleanup activities. These undisturbed areas will show levels of contamination from the implosion. Soil samples will be analyzed for asbestos and metals.
EPA continues to collaborate with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection on this assessment. EPA will notify the community via mail when results of the assessment are available. Information will be posted on EPA’s website at: www.response.epa.gov/weirtonBOPimplosion.
Points of Contact:
Community Involvement Coordinator