UPDATE: Wastewater Containing MCHM No Longer Allowed in Hurricane Landfill

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UPDATE: 3/15/13 @ 11:35 p.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- At 3:30 saturday afternoon, Hurricane mayor Scott Edwards received the call he'd been hoping for.

"We have ceased accepting MCHM-containing-water into the landfill and we won't do it any longer," said Edwards, relaying what he'd been told.

Those words from officials with Waste Management who operate a landfill in the city signaled the end to a short, but important campaign.

"It felt like a big relief and it kinda felt like a win," said Edwards.

That relief and win is not just for Edwards, but for many who have the landfill in their backyard.

"What if it's going to be running into the creek for the animals to get to?" said Larry Holley who lives just up the road from the landfill.

Over the past few days, the community has come together to stop the remnants from the freedom industries spill from coming in. It started with the new way to get the word out.

"I immediately posted to Facebook and got the people involved," said Edwards.

The result was substantial.

"Thousands of people called the DEP and I know thousands of people called Waste Management," said Edwards.

That put on the pressure to keep the landfill free from MCHM.

It also fed the question:

"What are they going to do with it?" asked Holley. "That's the question, what are they going to do with it?"

The city of Hurricane only has one answer: don't put it here.


UPDATE: 3/15/13 @ 4:56 p.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Water containing the chemical, MCHM is no longer being dumped into a landfill in Hurricane.

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards says he received a call about 3:30 p.m. Saturday from Waste Management's director of public affairs.

The director told Edwards that they have ceased receiving any more MCHM waste into the landfill.

This comes after Edwards filed an injunction to stop the process.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 3/14/13
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We're learning more about wastewater from Freedom Industries being disposed at a Hurricane landfill.

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection officials said after two permit changes, the company is able to truck in about 700 tons of wastewater containing some amounts of MCHM.

Hurricane's mayor said he's filed an injunction to stop the progress and said the landfill should be receiving paperwork about it soon. He also said they hope for a response from the court by Monday.

DEP officials said the landfill is a private business and operating in a lawful manner.

Officials also said the Disposal Services, Inc. Landfill in Hurricane is taking all of this wastewater from Freedom's Nitro and Charleston locations.

The wastewater is made up of 97 percent water and 3 percent MCHM and PPH.

They said the waste company requested the modification in February.

As of Friday, DEP officials estimated since the disposing began on March 7, about 50,000 gallons of wastewater have been taken to the site along Route 34.

They said during the permit modification process, the landfill provides information about the special material they would like to accept.

Officials said they are also required to provide information about if the material is hazardous.

In this case, DEP officials said the waste water is not considered hazardous, even with some amounts of MCHM and a handful of other chemicals.

They estimate about 8,000 to 12,000 gallons are being trucked in each day.

"There's always water running through the landfill and the product that's produced by water percolating through the landfill is leachate, and at this landfill, as at all landfills by regulation, they have to collect the leachate in pipes, and that water has to be treated before it's discharged to waters of the state," West Virginia DEP spokesperson Tom Aluise said.

Officials said the waste water is mixed with sawdust to solidify it.

The permit modification documents show the landfill can take up to 600 tons of waste water from the Charleston facility and 100 tons of waste water from the Nitro facility through October.

Though it likely won't take that long to transfer the waste water. One form anticipated the dumping would take roughly 30 days.

Waste Management, the company that owns DSI landfill, said they recognize the sensitivity of the situation and want to assure everyone the material is considered non-hazardous.

DEP officials said they will continue to monitor the area and odor complaints.

Officials said they did not notify the city's mayor because the landfill is privately owned, the material was not considered hazardous and similar permit modifications happen daily.

Waste Management's full statement:

"We certainly recognize the sensitivities and want to assure everyone that the waste coming into DSI Landfill is non-hazardous. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) approves the waste stream which comes into Waste Management's DSI Landfill and DSI Landfill is only accepting waste in accordance with its permit. The WVDEP has determined the waste in question that is currently being taken in at our DSI landfill is NOT by definition a hazardous product. We will continue to utilize best practices to ensure there is no potential harm to the environment or the community in which we operate."


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