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2nd spill at W.Va. chem spill collection trench

June 14, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators have ordered a Charleston company to immediately fix a storm water collection trench that overflowed on two consecutive days at the same site where chemicals spilled into the state's largest water supply in January.

In a news release, DEP Secretary Randy Huffman called the spills at Freedom Industries on Thursday and Friday "outrageous and unacceptable."

The DEP says Thursday's spill sent a small but undetermined amount of water into the Elk River. On Friday, a 50-minute overflow occurred during a thunderstorm.

The DEP issued two notices of violations for Thursday's release and planned more for Friday's release.

West Virginia American Water detected no traces of the chemical in treated and untreated water at its treatment plant for Thursday's spill. Tests results for Friday's spill weren't immediately released.

 
 

 

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