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Environmental Services News and Alerts

Rockwool Facility Construction

The Jefferson County Health Department was not involved in the approval process for the Rockwool plant under construction in Ranson; nor is there any statutory requirement for the company to obtain local health department plan approval. Please direct your questions, comments and concerns to Mr. Jake Glance at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, 304-926-0499 ext. 1335. Media inquiries should be emailed to

Giant Hogweed – Invasive Species

Giant hogweed has been spotted for the first time nearby in Virginia.  This invasive plant, which can produce severe burns and blisters, was confirmed in Berryville by the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Giant hogweed, which is heavily regulated in Virginia, is one of three plants defined as a Tier 1 noxious weed in the commonwealth.  It can be confused with cow parsnip, which is native to West Virginia.

JCHD has contacted the WV Department of Agriculture, alerting them of the Giant Hogweed’s proximity to Jefferson County.  Scientists at WVDA have been monitoring reports of possible hogweed in our state, and so far have detected none.

Citizens can always send suspect hogweed photos, along with location, to e-mail address.  Photos should show as much detail as possible.  Those without computer/camera capabilities can call WVDA-Plant Industries Division (304-558-2212).  SUSPECT HOGWEED PLANTS SHOULD NOT BE HANDLED.

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Well and Septic Information Requests

The Well and Septic Information Request form is now available online – simply fill out the form and return by email or fax.

Environmental Services Appointments

Due to staffing changes you will now need an appointment to speak to an Environmental Health Specialist. You can schedule an appointment by calling 304-728-8416 and selecting option 1 or by emailing

Food handlers cards will still be issued without appointments. Walk in on Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays between 9:00-11:00 am or 1:00-3:30 pm.

Job Opening: Sanitarian I

We are currently accepting applications for a Sanitarian I position.

Education/Training: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Applicants with a major in Public Health, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Science or Agriculture may be given preference in appointment. A valid driver’s license and availability of an automobile for continuous use may be a requisite for employment. Upon hire, must register as a sanitarian-in-training with the West Virginia Board of Registration for Sanitarians.

Job Description: Works under the direct supervision of the Head Sanitarian in the Environmental Section. Upon hire is required to register as a sanitarian-in-training with the West Virginia Board of Registration for Sanitarians if not already registered. Will conduct inspections of food service establishments including retail establishments, child care centers, schools, and hotel/motels. Investigates public health complaints and conducts rabies investigations. Performs related duties as required.

Contact: Marty Freeman, 1948 Wiltshire Road Suite 1, Kearneysville WV 25430

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