Crews Could Move Tanks at Freedom Industries Next Week

By: Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Jeremy Edwards Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The storage tanks at Freedom Industries near Charleston could start coming down next week.

Officials with the Department of Environmental Protection testified before lawmakers Friday. Experts say they have reached an agreement with the Chemical Safety Board and the U.S. Attorney's Office on how to proceed with the tanks' demolition.

Two large tanks that held another chemical will be cleaned first and then be taken apart. After that, three tanks that held MCHM will be cleaned and dismantled.

A spokesperson with the DEP says they believe getting rid of these tanks will solve a lot of issues at the site.

Extra containment areas will also be built at the property so none of the contaminated soil or runoff is able to get into the Elk River during the demolition process.

The DEP reports attorneys for Freedom are holding up the process right now because of the company's bankruptcy.

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