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West Virginia Orders Company To Disclose Chemicals In Spill

Water Supply Threaten In Charleston Community Of Over 300,000 After Chemical Leak
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators have ordered Freedom Industries to disclose everything that spilled when a storage tank leaked and contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people.

The Department of Environmental Protection says has given the company until 4 p.m. Wednesday to provide the information.

The tank at Freedom’s Charleston facility spilled a coal-cleaning chemical, Crude MCHM, on Jan. 9 in the Elk River.

The DEP says the company disclosed Tuesday that the tank also contained about 400 gallons of polglycol ethers, or PPH. The chemical is added to the Crude MCHM mixture.

DEP Secretary Randy Huffman says in a news release that the delay in disclosing the second chemical is unacceptable.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Wednesday that initial tests didn’t detect PPH in the water.


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