WVDEP Cites Diversified Services after Suspected Chemical Release

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Water and Waste Management has issues two notices of violation to Diversified Services, the company that helped Freedom Industries clean up and transport MCHM after the January 9 spill.

According to the WVDEP, Diversified is a contractor for Freedom and transports chemicals, including MCHM, for the company.

On March 7, WVDEP inspectors responded to a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of a sheen in a drainage system near Diversified Services' facility. The EPA and other federal agencies are conducting a separate investigation of Diversified Services.

The WVDEP conducted sampling and instructed Diversified to take immediate action to contain the material, which the company did. Test results from the sampling show the chemical MCHM was present in the drainage system, which empties into a tributary of the Kanawha River.

It is not known how much material got into the drainage system or the exact cause and timeframe of the release. There are no public water intakes immediately downstream of the site.

The WVDEP says ths notices were issued because Diversified failed to comply with a section of its stormwater permit and for failing to take all reasonable steps to minimize or prevent any discharge that has a reasonable likelihood of adversely affecting human health or the environment.

Diversified has until March 26 to provide a written response to the violations.

The WVDEP continues the monitor the situation at the facility.

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