CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Freedom Industries has submitted phase 1 of its decommissioning plan to the state and the state Division of Environmental Protection has signed off on it.

The company has spelled out how it will remove the storage tanks from its Elk River site in Charleston. One of the tanks at that site leaked the chemical MCHM into the river Jan. 9 beginning a water emergency in parts of nine West Virginia counties.

(read Decommissioning Plan here)

The governor previously ordered the decommissioning begin by March 15.

The state DEP said there would be a heightened smell of MCHM during the removal process.


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  • Andrew C

    Notice the Tank Location Plan includes a new waterline. Hmmmm Somebody needs to check into that...

  • Whip

    I understand this water has been and is being dumped in a Hurricane landfill? A landfill for solid waste? Jeff, could you please give this proper follow up.

  • Aaron

    I'm curious as to who will be paying for all this and how Freedom's waiving their constitutionally guaranteed rights of due process plays into this deconstruction of this site.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, this who situation smells of something underhanded going on.

    • Shadow

      + 1 Hard to figure out where/what the Quid Pro Quo is.

  • Whip

    The chemically contaminated equipment must properly cleaned before it can travel on the highway and accepted at a salvage facility. So the tanks will need to be triple rinsed per the EPA. Where is the wash water ending up? Charleston sewers? It is against regulations to tear it down and send the steel to a salvage yard contaminated.