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Freedom Industries Releases Statement; Company's Contact Information Listed

Reported: Jan. 10, 2014 1:20 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 10, 2014 3:16 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The company where a chemical leak occurred, prompting a multi-county water crisis, released its first statement since the incident.

"Since the discovery of the leak, safety for residents in Kanawha and surrounding counties has been Freedom Industries' first priority," Gary Southern, president of Freedom Industries said. "We have been working with local and federal regulatory, safety and environmental entities, including the DEP, Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and Homeland Security, and are following all necessary steps to fix the issue.

"Our team has been working around the clock since the discovery to contain the leak to prevent further contamination. At this point, Freedom of Industries is still working to determine the amount of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol or Crude HCHM, a chemical used in processing coal, that has been released, as the first priority was safety, containment and cleanup."

Southern said the company is in the process of setting up an incident command center at the site on Barlow Drive.

"As more factual information is made available, we will keep you posted," he said.

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Eyewitness News found the following contact information for the company on their website:

Gary Southern, President
No contact information given

Terry Cline, Controller
Phone: 304.720.8065
Email: tcline@freedom-industries.com

Kevin Skiles, R&D
Phone: 304.755.5737
Email: flhhd1@aol.com

Chip Herzing, Marketing
Phone: 724.941.8076
Email: herzchip2@aol.com



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