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Hurricane Mayor Says No More MCHM Waste Being Accepted At Landfill

Reported: Mar. 15, 2014 5:47 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 15, 2014 11:47 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Heath Harrison, Sean Delancey) – Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards said Saturday said he has received word that no more MCHM waste is being accepted into the city’s landfill.

Edwards said in a statement posted on his Facebook page that he received a phone call from Lisa Kardell, the director of Public Affairs for Waste Management, informing him of the decision.

Edwards thanked the community for speaking out, and said the decision was made due to overwhelming community outcry.

Edwards had said Friday that the city and Putnam County would file an injunction in court to stop the MCHM disposal at the landfill.

On Wednesday, Freedom Industries began trucking contaminated water from the clean-up of its Elk River site into the DSI landfill in Hurricane.

Originally, Freedom would have been able to dump the contaminated soil into the Hurricane landfill until October.

Edwards said this solution reached on Saturday saves money and time and was best for people in Putnam County and he was breathing a sigh of relief.

While DSI said the chemical waste is not hazardous, Edwards could not disagree more.

"It may not be on a list somewhere that says it's bad,” he said. “I don't know anyone in this valley that wouldn't say it's bad."

While DSI will stop taking the tainted water, Edwards said he is still worried about the 40,000 gallons that's already been dumped at the waste site in hurricane.

“We don't know what all it's going to cause,” he said. “We don't know how bad the cancer is going to be, or the detriment to the environment or the animals. We don't know any of that."

No word was available as to where the waste water will be dumped now.

Kardell said her company and Freedom will meet soon to figure out a plan.



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