WVDEP Investigating Release at Diversified Services

By: Jeremy Edwards, Anna Baxter Email
By: Jeremy Edwards, Anna Baxter Email

UPDATE 3/7/14 @ 4 p.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is investigating a suspected chemical release at Diversified Services in St. Albans, according to a news release.

Diversified Services is located on Virginia Street near St. Albans. It's a chemical-hauling trucking company and transports MCHM for Freedom Industries.

Federal agents spent most of Thursday at that company. Agents took paperwork and computers from the building. However, investigators won't release any information about the investigation.

According to a news release, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is conducting a separate investigation, informed the DEP Friday of a sheen in a drainage system near Diversified Services. That drainage system empties into a tributary of the Kanawha River, according to the release.

Right now, WVDEP is on the scene taking samples to determine the composition of the material released. Investigators say it's unclear how much material got into the drainage system, exact cause or time frame of the release.

There are no public water intakes immediately downstream of the site. The nearest is in Huntington.

The city of St. Albans' public water intake is in the Coal River.

According to the release, Diversified Services has been instructed to install containment measures in the drainage system.

WSAZ.com tried to contact Diversified Services, but a spokesperson denied to comment.

C.W. Sigman with Kanawha County Emergency Services tells WSAZ.com, he has received several complaints about Diversified Services in the past.

Many of the complaints have been from neighbors about odors and disputes between the owner of the property and Diversified Services

According to a spokesperson with WVDEP, the Division of Air Quality inspectors have responded to odor complaints at Diversified a number of times going back to 2011. The exact number of complaints was not immediately available.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/6/14
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Federal agents are at the scene of a company that transported the chemical MCHM for Freedom Industries.

It is called Diversified Services and is located on Virginia Street near St. Albans.

Agents have been taking paperwork and computers from the building.

Freedom Industries is the company blamed for a chemical leak that contaminated the drinking water for 300,000 people in January.

WSAZ.com has learned Diversified Services transported MCHM to Freedom's Nitro facility after the spill.

C.W. Sigman with Kanawha County Emergency Services tells WSAZ.com, he has received several complaints about Diversified Services in the past.

Many of the complaints have been from neighbors about odors and disputes between the owner of the property and Diversified Services.

We have a crew at the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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