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DEP orders Freedom to disclose all materials spilled into Elk
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, this morning, ordered Freedom Industries to disclose, by this afternoon, all materials spilled during a release from one of its storage tanks at its Elk River Ettowah Terminal on Jan. 9.
The Order comes in response to Freedom’s disclosure to the WVDEP on January 21 that another chemical, in addition to Crude MCHM, was contained in the above-ground storage tank that leaked materials into the Elk River and shut down the water supply for more than 300,000 West Virginia residents.
UPDATE: Chemical spill company cited for issues at second site
State inspectors have cited the company whose spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians for five violations at a second facility where it is storing chemicals, and they say Freedom Industries might have to relocate its materials again because of a lack of a secondary containment plan.
State inspectors found the violations Monday at a Nitro site where Freedom Industries moved its coal-cleaning chemicals after Thursday’s spill, according to a state Department of Environmental Protection report. Inspectors found that, like the Charleston facility where the leak originated, the Nitro site lacked appropriate last-resort containment to stop chemical leaks.
Transportation chief says more money needed for road work
Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox gave his “State of the DOH” address to the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday morning, noting that his $724 million budget could use more money to improve the paving schedule for state roads and the maintenance schedule for bridges.
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Unger plans bill to mandate DEP inspection of all liquid holding tanks
In response to a chemical spill that left 300,000 state residents without usable water for most of a week, the Senate’s majority leader plans to introduce legislation this week that will mandate all liquid holding tanks be regulated and regularly inspected by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, said Tuesday that he’s pushing the legislation as “an urgent matter to protect our water resources.”
“This situation could have been far worse if the chemical had been more toxic or had no odor,” he said.
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AG warns Target gift card offer is a scam
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginia consumers of a Target gift card scam that has been occurring across the country on social media.
The warnings are the latest taken to inform nearly 70 million consumers who may have been affected when company credit and debit cards were breached in December.
“Scammers have taken to social media websites to prey on consumers offering them a Target Gift Card supposedly as a way to make up for their data being breached,” Morrisey said. “This is scam. Target has not offered gift cards in response to this incident.
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