West Virginia

Department of
Health & Human Resources

DHHR Press Release -- DHHR to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Source Water Protection Plans for Gilbert PSD, Kermit PSD, Matewan PSD, Williamson PSD, and Mingo County Naugatuk PSD


The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health’s Office of Environmental Health Services will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 29, 2016, to discuss draft Source Water Protection Plans for the Gilbert Public Service District, the Kermit Public Service District, the Matewan Public Service District, the Williamson Public Service District, and the Mingo Naugatuk Public Service District.

The intent of a Source Water Protection Plan is to identify strategies to minimize potential threats to source water and prepare for spills or other emergencies that could affect water service. If approved, the Plan would be valid for three years.

The public hearing will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the City of Williamson Town Hall Council Chambers, 107 East 4th Avenue, Williamson, WV.

Public comments, which will be considered by DHHR during the review process, may be submitted during the September 29, 2016 hearing or in writing by October 13, 2016 via mail, fax or email. Written comments should include the name, address and telephone number of the writer and a concise statement of the nature of the issues being raised. Issues should be kept relevant to the draft plan.

Persons interested in submitting comments may do so by using one of the following means: 
• U.S. Mail: West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Environmental Health, 350 Capitol Street, Room 313, Charleston, WV 25301-   3713 Attn: Source Water Protection Program
• Fax: 304-558-4322 with “Protection Plan Comments” written near the top
• Email: EEDSourceWaterProtection@wv.govwith “Protection Plan Comments” in the subject line

Questions regarding how to submit comments for the public hearing may be directed to (304) 356-4270.

Public copies of the Source Water Assessment Plans will be available at the Region 2 Planning and Development Council website: www.region2pdc.org.

Contact Information

Media contact: DHHRCommunications@wv.gov or (304) 558-7899