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Customers complain of higher bills
Some customers of West Virginia American Water are questioning why their bills went up even though they didn’t use their tap water for several days after a chemical spill.
Tomblin orders Freedom Industries to dismantle all tanks at site
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered Freedom Industries to begin, by March 15, 2014, the process of dismantling, removing and properly disposing of all of its above ground storage tanks, as well as associated piping and machinery, at its Etowah River Terminal in Charleston.
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W.Va. trial rescheduled in DUI crash
A West Virginia trial has been postponed for a man convicted in Pennsylvania in a crash that killed a sheriff’s deputy.
Utility gets approval for upgrades in W.Va.
West Virginia regulators have approved a request by an Appalachian Power affiliate to upgrade transmission facilities in the Kanawha Valley.
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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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