Federal Investigators on Site at Freedom Industries

By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Federal investigators were at the Freedom Industries site near Charleston Tuesday morning.

That's where a massive chemical leak happened that tainted the water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginia American Water customers earlier this month.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin tells WSAZ.com this is part of the ongoing federal investigation into the spill.

Goodwin says they're "ramping up investigation" today (Tuesday).

Investigators won't be taking anything from the plant, but they are taking pictures and reviewing matters, according to Goodwin.

"We're not making any prejudgements. What we're trying to do is gather all the facts that we can as quickly as we can to really get to the bottom of what happened here," Goodwin said.

Tuesday's search comes just hours after it was revealed that 10,000 gallons of the chemicals MCHM and PPH leaked from a storage tank at the site. It was originally reported that 7,500 gallons leaked.

Freedom Industries knew that investigators were coming Tuesday, and consented to the inspection.

Investigators are looking into all 17 tanks at Freedom Industries; not just the three that contained MCHM.

Freedom Industries has been ordered to begin removing all storage tanks by March 15.

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