DHHR to host public hearing

By Heather Kinder - [email protected]

SYLVESTER, W.Va – The Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health’s Office of Environmental Health Services will be hosting a public meeting Monday, October 17 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Town Hall Community Center.

Sylvester Town Hall Community Center is located at 22921 Coal River Road.

According to the press release from DHHR the meeting will discuss the draft of the Boone Raleigh PSD Source Water Protection Plan.

The Plan would help lessen threats to the water system as well as prepare for emergencies and spills which could affect the water service in this area.

Bill Toomey, program manager for DHHR’s Source Water Protection and Training and Certification Program said, “The draft protection plan indicates a total population of 1,600 is served.”

According to Toomey the water for these customers comes from the Big Coal River.

The DHHR press release stated if the Plan is approved it would be valid for a term of three years.

Toomey said, “Implementation of the overall protection plan and management strategies are ongoing and continuous.”

The DHHR will consider public comments during the review process.

Comments from the public may be submitted during the meeting on October 17.

Comments may also be submitted in writing by October 31 through email, fax or mail.

Anyone wanting to mail their comments may do so by using the following address 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.

Comments may be faxed to 304-558-4322 with “Protection Plan Comments” written near the top.

The public may also email their comments to [email protected] with “Protection Plan Comments” in the subject line.

Any and all issues should be relevant to the draft Plan.

According the DHHR press release written comments should include name, address, telephone number and clear statement of the issue being raised.

By Heather Kinder

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(Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected])

(Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected])

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