Environmental Lawyers Hired to Investigate MCHM Dumping in Landfill

HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Commission are in the process of hiring a team of environmental lawyers to investigate dumping MCHM waste in the DSI landfill.

Mayor Scott Edwards tells WSAZ.com, the team will be led by former DEP Cabinet Secretary, Mike Callaghan. They will investigate why the Hurricane landfill was chosen by Freedom Industries as the dump site.

Mayor Edwards says they'll also ask the chemical to be removed completely. "Right now there's 50 thousand gallons of MCHM tainted water. They said they solidified it and put sawdust in it, but it's sitting in the landfill in Hurricane."

The DEP signed an order stating the dumping of MCHM waste will stop at the Hurricane landfill, but Mayor Edwards says they want to make sure it doesn't happen again. "It's bad. It's bad stuff. We want it out of here. It should have never been placed here. We simply want them to take it out, undo what they did wrong."

Neighbors agree. Peggy Morton's lived near the landfill for more than 15 years. She says she's never had to worry about what was being put in it.

"It's very dangerous," Morton said. "A lot of people around here have wells and I feel like it could eventually seep out into their water."

The DEP responded our request for comment stating: "After Waste Management took possession of the MCHM wastewater and deposited it at the Hurricane landfill, the company became the owner of that material. What it chooses to do with it is now up to Waste Management. The DEP has no authority to tell a solid waste permit holder what it can or can’t do with the material it has legally disposed of in a landfill as long as no regulatory requirements have been violated."

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