Tainted Water Could Be Treated Locally Instead of Out-of-State
Demolition continues at Freedom Industries as storage tanks responsible for spilling crude MCHM are torn down. The tanks leaked 10,000 gallons of crude MCHM in January into the soil and it eventually got to the Elk River and contaminated the water supply. Now every time it rains, the stormwater runoff becomes tainted. WCHS TV reports the water is being trucked out of state for disposal, but negotiations are under way between Freedom and the Charleston Sanitary Board that would lead to treating the water in Charleston. The water would go through a North Charleston sewage treatment plant and then be released into the Kanawha River. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones supports it, and said the sewage treatment plant already treated slightly tainted MCHM water when the entire water system was flushed after the leak.