Freedom Industries Ordered to Remove All Storage Tanks

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Freedom Industries has until March 15 to begin dismantling, removing and properly disposing of all above ground storage tanks and all other equipment.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued the order Friday; more than two weeks after a tank leaked -- spilling the chemicals MCHM and PPH into the Elk River and contaminating the water supply for about 300,000 West Virginians.

The facility currently has 17 tanks, including three tanks that contained the Crude MCHM. Those three tanks are now empty. The remaining 14 tanks contain Calcium Chloride and Glycerin. All 17 tanks are located within inadequate secondary containment areas that allowed materials to spill into the Elk River.

Freedom Industries has been ordered to remove all material to an off-site area, which provides adequate secondary containment.

The company must also provide the WVDEP with reports detailing the disposition of the materials removed from the tanks.

While the tanks are being dismantled, Freedom Industries must ensure that secondary containment is adequate enough to contain any potential spills.

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