Demand WVDEP Take Action on Stormwater Violations at NJES
Permit #WVR109150 is the Stormwater Construction Permit for the Jefferson Utility, Inc (JUI) waterline being partly constructed on North Jefferson Elementary School (NJES) property in Jefferson County, WV.
For many months, beginning in November 2018, the appearance of a large sinkhole on the side of the parent drop-off parking lot at NJES has concerned parents and the community. It seems that the sinkhole may not have been properly remediated.
Over the summer months, water began to pool in this same area. With the start of school at NJES on 8/19/2019, many parents and neighbors were concerned that the pooled water had dramatically increased in size and depth. With no fences around this dangerous pool, many are concerned for children’s safety and the potential for groundwater contamination.
On Wednesday, 8/28/2019, RAD submitted an electronic violation complaint to WVDEP’s Environmental Enforcement Division and followed it up with a detailed letter and photographic evidence. The Jefferson County Board of Education and the Principal of NJES were also alerted to the violation complaint.
No construction project should put the public at risk from harm, especially children on school property. Now is the time to apply pressure! Please support the 5 actions RAD demands of WVDEP by signing the Petition. The petition and the collected signatures will be sent to WVDEP demonstrate the community’s knowledge and interest in this important issue! We Demand Action!
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8/28/2019 – RAD submits a stormwater violation complaint and sends a letter to WVDEP regarding Stormwater Permit #WVR109150. Learn more about the specifics of this issue by reading the full text of RAD’s Letter and Photographic Evidence of #WVR109150 Violations.
8/28/2019 – WVDEP responds: “I wanted to provide you an initial reply and then will respond in greater detail once I have an opportunity to fully review the content of your email. One of our Construction Stormwater Environmental Inspectors took an updated look at the site this afternoon to assess onsite conditions in response to your complaint. Once the inspector has an opportunity to write a report of his observations, we will provide a copy of that report to you.”
8/30/2019 – Further deterioration is noted at NJES. RAD requests an update from WVDEP, noting that conditions have worsened and no report had yet been filed.
9/2/2019 – RAD calls on the public to apply additional pressure the WVDEP by signing the petition!
9/2/2019 – We reached our goal of 75 signers in only 4 hours! Let’s see if we can’t double it, new goal 150!
9/3/2019 – Petition collects over 200 signatures in 24 hours!
9/3/2019 – RAD re-contacts WVDEP with new photos and requests an update on the inspection report status. RAD contacts the Jefferson County Department of Health regarding potentially connected water issues in the school yard. WVDEP provides RAD with the Inspection Report.
9/4/2019 – RAD files a Complaint with the Jefferson County WV Health Department.
9/6/2019 – Read the Update Here
Stormwater Violations at North Jefferson Elementary SchoolRead the petition
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|285||Dr. Paxton M.||Sep 07, 2019|
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