Public Information Office
The mission of the Public Information Office is to provide information to the public about the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and its work to promote a healthy environment.
Throughout the DEP Web site are links to a variety of flyers, brochures and other educational material that you may download and print. They are in PDF format for easier use.
Freedom of Information
One method of providing information to the public is through a Freedom of Information Act request. It is commonly called a FOIA. Because the WVDEP is a government agency, many files are privy to public review. All requests to review agency files must be made in writing. Requests may be submitted by email, fax or U.S. Mail.
If you would like to file a FOIA, please click here. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The mailing address is: West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Public Information Office, FOIA Request, 601 57th St. S.E., Charleston, WV 25304. The fax number is 304-926-0447.
Once you have filed a FOIA request, you will receive an initial response acknowledging that the DEP has received it. The response letter will inform you of the date the request was received, the divisions or offices that will be responding and a fee schedule. The next point of contact will be from personnel within the divisions or offices that have the requested information. They will inform you whether they possess files pertaining to the request and how you may view or receive the information. If the requested files are large, you will be asked to come in to view them, and will be given information on how to schedule a time to do so.
To view DEP public notices, click here.
To view Oil and Gas draft permits out for public notice, click here.
Ohio River Blue-Green Algae:
Click here to access testing data from the Ohio River, posted by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health
Click here for additional Bureau for Public Health information
Click here for a slideshow of photos from a 9-2-15 helicopter tour of the river (Note that the presence of algae doesn't necessarily mean toxins are present)
Click here for a slideshow of photos from a 9-8-15 helicopter tour of the river (Note that the presence of algae doesn't necessarily mean toxins are present)
Click here for links to information from ORSANCO and other agencies/organizations
If you are a reporter and you would like to interview a member of the WVDEP staff, please contact Kelley Gillenwater at 304-926-0499, Ext. 1331 or by email at Kelley.J.Gillenwater@wv.gov. It is our policy to respond to media requests in a timely manner; however, we do ask reporters to keep in mind that there are times when the information they are seeking is in the possession of an individual who may be working in the field and may not be immediately available.