CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanwaha County Commission President Kent Carper says a containment wall at Freedom Industries was in need of $1m in repairs.
According to Carper the company had just changed hands.
In the list of transactions money was set aside to fix a containment wall.
According to Carper, "the place was not in good shape," and it was apparent the containment wall was in a state of disrepair.
A leak in a tank Thursday caused a chemical to seep into the Elk River causing a ban on water usage in nine counties where West Virginia American Water has customers.
Carper says that chemical was able to seep through, over, or under the faulty containment wall.