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W.Va. coal chemical spill co. moving materials to unknown location in Pa.
February 5, 2014 - Ben Klein
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of gallons of the chemical that spilled into 300,000 people's water supply are leaving West Virginia and heading to Pennsylvania.
Freedom Industries expected to move 3,500 gallons of crude MCHM from its Nitro facility to a coal facility in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.The Department of Environmental Protection warned that it could mean unsavory licorice smells for neighbors.
Freedom expects to move more chemicals in upcoming weeks. It's unclear where the chemicals are heading. Freedom's parent company is owned by J. Clifford Forrest, who runs Pittsburgh-based Rosebud Mining Co.
State environmental regulators ordered Freedom to remove all chemicals from the Charleston site of the Jan. 9 spill. But when Freedom began transferring to Nitro, officials declared that facility unsafe. The state ordered Freedom to fix its issues or a different facility.
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Work continues around a storage tank with the chemical designation MCHM, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, the chemical that leaked into the Elk River, at Freedom Industries storage facility in Charleston, W.Va., Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. The ban on tap water for parts of West Virginia was lifted on Monday, ending a crisis for a fraction of the 300,000 people who were told not to drink, wash or cook with water after a chemical spill tainted the water supply. Gov. Earl Tomblin made the announcement at a news conference, five days after people were told to use the water only to flush their toilets.