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Freedom Industries’ Other Chemical Storage Site Is Unsafe Too
By Emily Atkin on January 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm
After 7,500 gallons of a chemical called crude MCHM spilled into West Virginia waters on Thursday, contaminating potable water for 16 percent of the state, the company responsible was ordered to move the rest of those chemicals to a new site.
But that site is not safe either, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Freedom Industries has now been slapped with five violations from the DEP for using a storage facility without secondary containment — meaning there was no adequate barrier to prevent a chemical from leaving a site if it spilled from the original container. Federal law requires tanks and piping within 1,000 feet of community water systems to have secondary containment and be monitored for leaks.
“The plan indicates that the building itself acts as secondary containment, but holes exist at floor level in the building’s walls,” DEP inspector Kevin Saunders wrote in the report.“A variety of chemicals (emulsifiers, oxidizers, acids, corrosives, mineral oil, etc) were stored in the facility without secondary containment and could reach the trench in the event of a spill.”
What’s more, the new site Freedom Industries chose to store the crude MCHM was — like the first site — within 1,000 feet of a river that supplies potable water, the DEP report said.
According to the report, the new location to store the remaining crude MCHM is a building, which is surrounded by a trench. The trench is supposed to catch any runoff from the building, which Freedom Industries reportedly indicated may act as secondary containment. If anything spills from the building, it would just go into the trench, which cannot discharge into the water unless someone opens a gate.