West Virginia company drops bid to build logging pesticide facility amid fierce opposition

By John Raby
Associated Press in the Huron Daily Tribune
May 25, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia logging company hoping to build a toxic-spewing facility … has withdrawn an application for an air permit following vehement opposition from residents, regulators said Thursday. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it received a formal notice from Allegheny Wood Products. The company cited “a further review of our business needs” as the reason for the application’s withdrawal. The company wanted to construct a fumigation facility in the Hardy County community of Baker to treat logs before they are shipped overseas. The DEP had said it tentatively planned to issue the air permit that would let the facility emit up to nearly 10 tons of the pesticide methyl bromide into the atmosphere each year. …A final decision on the permit was supposed to happen after the public comment period ended May 12. Now, in light of the company’s withdrawal, no further action will be taken on the application. 

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