Company Responsible for Chemical Spill Cited for Issues at 2nd Site
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on January 15, 2014 @ 11:40AM
Created on January 15, 2014 @ 11:30AM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The company whose spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians has been cited for violations at a second facility where it's storing chemicals.
 
Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise says inspectors found five violations Monday at a Nitro site where Freedom Industries moved its coal-cleaning chemicals after Thursday's spill. Inspectors found that, like the Charleston facility where the leak originated, the Nitro site lacked appropriate secondary containment. In Charleston, a porous containment wall allowed the chemical to ooze into the Elk River.
 
Aluise said Wednesday that the state might force Freedom to relocate the material again. The Nitro facility isn't near a river or water supply.
 
Other violations include failing to follow stormwater and groundwater guidelines, not filing monitoring reports and not properly storing drums with potential contaminants.

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Jan 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Well, let's see. First, govt cries out that we must make more regulations to 'prevent' disasters and for safety reasons. Then, govt (EPA)regulates we must "clean" coal with a 'chemical'; a very dangerous chemical. Chemical leaks into river. Govt uses excuse this company was 'under the radar' as an appropriate explanation for their utter stupidity and incompetence in 'inspecting' their own stupid regulation; disaster hits WV because of govt (EPA) forcing use of nasty chemical to 'clean' our coal; and here we are.

While Democrats in WV were handing out all that federal money for FBI facility, WVU grants, etc....under RObert Byrd, Rockefeller....and since they all complained forever about regulating and making safe our mines, etc....why did they not in all the decades dems have been running WV, think to maybe put up some type of 'barrier' around the containment containers for these govt insisted clean coal "chemicals?" Govt liberals & EPA self-professed 'experts' promised 'safety first' then the chemical "they" demanded be used, causing the worst environmental disaster in WV waters. This is my 'shocked' face; :O Watch how WV Governor and democrats' EPA start blaming the company. How typical. Govt will take no responsibility for this disaster. Had the mines not had to use 'clean coal' chemical; this would NEVER have even happened. Had GOVT inspectors been doing their job; this would never have happened.