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Company in W.Va. spill cited in issues at 2nd site
First Published Jan 15 2014 09:30 am • Last Updated Jan 15 2014 09:30 am

Charleston, W.Va. » 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.

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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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