WV Chemical Tanks Coming Down

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 @ 09:06 AM gHale


Freedom Industries expects to begin the demolition this week of the site where the chemical MCHM leaked into the Elk River January 9 tainting the water supply for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians.

The chief restructuring officer for Freedom Industries said the company is still waiting for approval on two permits from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

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On January 9, more than 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) leaked into Charleston’s water supply from a Freedom Industries storage tank. The drinking water of more than 300,000 West Virginians ended up contaminated.

Contracting crews are set to begin demolition as work was going to start June 10, but the company did not have the required permits.

Demolition will include dismantling and removing all piping, machinery and storage tanks. However, Freedom Industries’ building, which includes the office and garage, will remain intact. The company plans on selling the site after demolition and environmental remediation wrap up.

It remains unknown how much the demolition and remediation will cost the company. Freedom budgeted $160,000 but that cost could increase. The final bill will remain unknown until the company completes the demolition.

Weeks after the chemical spill, the company ended up hit with lawsuits and filed for bankruptcy. It has since shut down operations and focused on cleanup efforts. Any expenses the company incurs will need approval by a judge.



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