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MCHM Disposal Concerns Hurricane Residents

Reported: Mar. 13, 2014 11:38 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 13, 2014 11:43 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Dan Matics) -- The question of how to dispose of thousands of gallons of contaminated storm water has one community fired up.

The sweet, and now infamous, odor of licorice from the chemical MCHM is now being smelled in parts of Hurricane.

The Department of Environmental Protection, and Waste Management, the company who owns DSI Landfill, said it has a liner, that the soil is constantly tested and the dump site is safe.

However, Dvana Parsons is just now starting to feel comfortable using the water to wash her clothes.

Her family still drinks only bottled water, she lives next to the landfill and is frustrated by the DEP's claim that the air quality is safe.

"I don't think so," Parsons said. "If we cant wash our clothing in it, how is it safe to breath?"

Parsons said she and others have discussed moving.

"We actually discussed it today," she said. "To move away and get out of here."



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