Connecting Communities

Communities across the U.S. are responding to the PFAS contamination crisis by organizing and advocating for safe drinking water. This map shows sites with known contamination and where organizations are working for stronger health and environmental protections. Plug into a group working in your community, form a new group, or connect with others facing similar challenges.

Connecting Communities > United States > West Virginia

Is there a PFAS contamination site near you? Use our interactive map to find out.

  • Each red dot represents a site contaminated with PFAS.
  • Click on a dot to learn more about the site.
  • Click on a state to get information about all sites as well as community groups, health studies, and resources available in that state.

* This map focuses on sites where PFAS have been detected in the environment (groundwater, soil, and surface water), or in drinking water where the contamination is linked to a specific source and not merely the result of testing a water supply system.

Connect with West Virginia

PFAS Contamination Site

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at the Northeastern University.

West Virginia Contamination Areas

  1. Martinsburg
    Firefighting foam used by Air Force at 167th Airlift Wing base at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport
    Location  Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Date  2016
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Air Force

  2. Parkersburg
    DuPont Washington Works plant
    Location  Parkersburg, West Virginia
    Date  2001
    PFAS contamination source  Industry / Manufacturing

  3. Vienna
    DuPont Washington Works plant
    Location  Vienna, West Virginia
    Date  2001
    PFAS contamination source  Industry / Manufacturing

If you know about a contamination site in your state that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates about your state!

West Virginia Community Groups

  1. Keep Your Promises, Dupont
    Keep Your Promises is a community-based organization whose members have lived and worked in the Greater Mid-Ohio Valley for their whole lives. We have seen first-hand the damage DuPont has done to our communities through the use and contamination of C-8, and we are dedicated to holding DuPont accountable to the promises they made to our communities.

​​​​​​If you are involved in a community organization working on PFAS and you don’t see your group listed, click here to have your group added to this page. 

If there are no community groups in your state, try contacting the National PFAS Contamination Coalitiona network of community groups working to address PFAS contamination across the country. You can also contact a coalition member near you to learn more and get involved.

West Virginia PFAS Exposure and Health Studies

  1. ATSDR PFAS Exposure Assessment in Berkleley County, WV
    Location  Berkeley County
    Status  Ongoing
    Date  2019
    Type of study  Exposure assessment
    Study conducted by  Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    PFAS contamination source  Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base

  2. C-8 Medical Monitoring Program
    Location  Washington, WV; Point Pleasant, WV; Reedsville, OH; Pomeroy, OH; Little Hocking, OH; Belpre, OH
    Status  Ongoing
    Date  Started 2015
    Type of study  Medical monitoring
    Study conducted by  C-8 Medical Monitoring Program
    PFAS contamination source  DuPont

  3. The C8 Study
    Location  Mid-Ohio Valley
    Status  Complete
    Date  2005-2013
    Type of study  Exposure and health studies
    Study conducted by  C8 Science Panel
    PFAS contamination source  Washington Works DuPont plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia

Some states have conducted their own blood testing to understand people's exposure to PFAS in areas with contaminated drinking water. In the fall of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry launched a national health study on PFAS involving multiple communities across the country.

Do you know about a health study in your state that is not listed here? Fill out this form to have it added!

Wondering if a health study is right for your community? Boston University’s Department of Environmental Health has a guide for making informed decisions.

West Virginia Agency Websites

  1. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau of Public Health

  2. West Vrginia Department of Environmental Protection

What should you do if you happen to live or work near a PFAS contamination site?

  • Ask your local water supplier if they have tested the drinking water for PFAS and how they have reported (or failed to report) the results to the public.
  • If you have a private well, get your water tested. See our drinking water fact sheet to learn how.
  • Being close to a contamination site does not necessarily mean your drinking water is also contaminated. If you have questions or concerns, contact your state environmental or health department. Also see our list of resources for more information.

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at Northeastern University. The tracker records qualitative and quantitative data from each known site of PFAS contamination, including a timeline of discovery, sources, levels, health impacts, and community and government responses. All data presented in the map were extracted from government websites, news articles, or publicly available documents, and are cited in the tracker.

If you know about a contamination site that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates!

The Environmental Working Group also maintains a map of PFAS contamination in the US. This map includes additional locations where PFAS were found in drinking water but the point source of contamination is unknown.