The West Virginia Ordnance Works (WVOW) produced trinitrotuluene (TNT) from 1942 to 1945 for use during World War II. It is located in Mason County, along the western border of West Virginia, approximately 6 miles north of Point Pleasant. The discovery of a red water seep in 1981 led to the discovery of contamination and inclusion on the National Priorities List as a Superfund site. Since then, the site has been remediated by the U.S. Army under its Defense Environment Restoration Program for Formerly Used Defense Sites (DERP-FUDS). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead agency in site remediation, but all actions must be agreed to by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III and the WV Division of Environmental Protection.
The WVOW covers approximately 8,323 acres. The Clifton F. McClintic Wildlife Management Area, operated by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR), occupies approximately 1/3 of this property, roughly 2,788 acres. This area is set aside for public recreational use, including fishing, hunting and hiking. US Route 62 borders the site to the west, with various county roads intersecting the area. The WVOW is situated mainly within a rural setting, and much of the land is used for agriculture with scattered residential and light commercial business use. A few areas of undisturbed forest are also present.
Mason County, the State of West Virginia, and private individuals and/or companies currently own sections of the site.
The purpose of this web site is to provide information about remediation efforts to the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB), a group of concerned citizens in the WVOW area and the public.