Environmental/Coatings Group


Environmental/Coatings Group

Mission Statement:

As part of the MCS & T Division, the Environmental/Coatings
Group exists to promote public safety by setting, and enforcing
standards through materials testing, and training for the West 
Virginia Department of Transportation in a professional,
competent, accurate, and consistent manner.

Chris G. Preston, P.E., Group Supervisor

Phone: (304) 558-9860 – Chris.G.Preston@wv.gov

The Environmental and Coatings Group consists of three subgroups:

1)    Coatings Subgroup

2)    Environmental Site Investigation Subgroup

3)    Chemical Laboratory Subgroup

Ø  Coatings Subgroup:

            The Primary function of the Coatings Subgroup is to conduct chemical and physical testing on paint samples, review and approve quality control plans for painting projects and handle coatings issues.




Kimberly Hoover, Chemist I

Phone: (304) 558-3160 –Kimberly.D.Hoover@wv.gov

Calvin Ratchford, Transportation Engineering Technician, Senior

Phone: (304) 558-9894 –Calvin.W.Ratchford@wv.gov

·      Coatings related Material Procedures (MPs) and Specifications:

688.02.20 - Guide for Contractor's and Fabricator's Quality Control Plan for Painting Structural Steel (Replaced MP 615.06.20)

688.03.20  Guide for Developing the Contractor's Containment/Disposal Control Plan for Spent Material Prior to Painting Existing Steel Structures

708.40.00  Procedure for the Determination of Structural Painting Film Thickness

711.00.20  Paint Test Methods

711.00.21  Procedure for Approving Paint Formulations and Production Batches

711.20.59  Inorganic Zinc Primer Quality Assurance Procedures

711.20.60   Intermediate Field Coat for Zinc Rich Systems

711.22.22  Zinc Rich Low VOC System

West Virginia Division of Highways Standard Specifications- Roads and Bridges 2010:

Standard Specifications Roads and Bridges

Supplemental Specifications Issued January 2014:

2014 Supplemental Specifications




AASHTO Documents

ASTM Documents

·      Membership Affiliations:

Active member of the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC)


Active member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE INTERNATIONAL)


·      Accreditation:

          The Paint Laboratory participates in the AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL) Paint Proficiency Sample Program and the Collaborative Testing Services (CTS) - Inter -Laboratory Program for testing Color, Appearance, and 60 Degree Gloss on paint samples to evaluate the division’s competency in regard to testing of paint samples.

Ø  Environmental Site Investigations Subgroup

The Environmental Site Investigation Subgroup is responsible for conducting environmental site investigations at the WVDOH maintenance facilities to address environmental concerns in regard to the following sources of contaminations associated with the WVDOH maintenance facilities throughout the state:

   a)    Leaking Underground Storage Tanks
  b)    Salt shed areas
  c)     Tar tanks
  d)    Spill of fuel.

Also assists districts personal in sampling and testing petroleum products (motor oil, gasoline, and diesel fuels) and alternative fuel (ethanol blend - E-10, and biodiesel blend– B5).




Sajid Barlas, Highway Engineer Trainee

Phone (304)558-7474 – Sajid.M.barlas@wv.gov

This subgroup works closely with the WVDEP through their federally mandated programs such as:

 The Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP)

The Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST) Program,

The Uniform Environmental Covenant Act.

The Above Ground Storage Tanks Regulations (AST).

Ø  Chemical Laboratory Subgroup:

The Chemical Laboratory Subgroup conducts chemical analysis on metals, various types of cement, pozzolanic additives such (fly ash, Ground granulated blast furnace slag, microsilica, natural pozzolans), and chloride samples.





                             Optical Emission Spectrometer


                               X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer



Mike Jones, Chemist III

Phone: (304)558-9899 – Mike.R.Jones@WV.GOV

Carlos Semple, Chemist III

Phone: (304)558-9867 – Carlos.Semple@WV.GOV



AASHTO Documents

ASTM Documents


      The Chemical Laboratory participates in the National Inter- Laboratory cross check programs such as the CCRL Portland Cement and Concrete Sample Program, the AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL), and the ASTM Proficiency Test Program for chemical analysis of Plain Carbon and Low Alloy Steel.


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