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Mayor Says Hurricane, Putnam Commission Will Try To Stop Dumping Of Wastewater Into Landfill

Reported: Mar. 14, 2014 10:49 AM EDT
Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 6:11 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards said the city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Commission will be filing for an injunction in court , seeking to cease the dumping of solidified wastewater from Freedom Industries into the local landfill.

Edwards and community residents’ concerns center on the largely unknown health effects of Crude MCHM. Inspectors from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Quality responded to licorice odor complaints on Wednesday regarding the Disposal Services Inc. landfill on Route 34 in Hurricane.

It was determined the odor was associated with the approved disposal of solidified wastewater that is being transferred by Freedom Industries from its Poca Blending facility in Nitro to the landfill, according to a news release from the agency. A portion of the wastewater collected from the Freedom Industries’ spill site on the Kanawha River is being stored at Poca Blending and contains some amounts of MCHM.

Edwards announced on his Facebook page that the city and commissioners would be seeking an injunction.

The mayor said he was told that the Centers for Disease Control does not have MCHM listed as a hazardous material, so it can be dumped in the landfill and that no one needed to notify the city of Hurricane “even though the leachate from the landfill goes directly into our wastewater treatment plant.”

“It's not on the hazardous list, so it must be OK,” Edwards said on his Facebook page. “Now that's just crazy. No one in Hurricane was made aware nor were the Putnam County commissioners or other officials in the county. It was simply approved to happen.”



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