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.
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.