FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — The Fayette County Commission announced Friday the creation of an Environmental Public Health and Protection Division after the discovery of polychlorinated biphenyls earlier this year.

Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah will oversee the division, and Michael Callaghan will serve as an Assistant County Prosecutor in the division.

“The Fayette County Commission prides itself in being on the forefront of protecting the public health of the citizens of Fayette County,” Fayette County Commission President Matt Wender. “These actions today clearly demonstrate that we are taking proactive measures in dealing with a serious public health threat.”

The division will focus on the removal of toxic substances from watersheds to improve the health of these systems. It will report to the county commission.

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