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FBI Removing Items From Kanawha County Company That Transported Chemicals For Freedom Industries

Reported: Mar. 6, 2014 3:59 PM EST
Updated: Mar. 6, 2014 11:21 PM EST
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AMANDAVILLE (Jeff Morris) -- A large group of FBI agents is removing materials from a Kanawha County company that transported chemicals for Freedom Industries.

The FBI on Thursday afternoon was taking what appeared to be a large amount of materials from Diversified Services, including computers, paperwork and boxes.The company is located between Amandaville and St. Albans.

Freedom Industries is the company that is responsible for the Jan. 9 chemical spill that leaked MCHM into the Elk River. The spill led to a massive water crisis in nine West Virginia counties. Since then, Freedom has sought bankruptcy protection, and federal authorities have said there is an ongoing investigation into the spill.

Diversified Services hauled product for Freedom Industries, and Diversified hauled the crude MCHM away when the DEP ordered it removed from its Barlow Drive facility near Charleston.

As the FBI removed items from the property Thursday, there was a strong smell of licorice in the air. Many people have described the smell of MCHM as similar to that of licorice.

Eyewitness News has a crew at the scene. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.



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