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Hurricane Files Complaint Against DEP

Reported: Mar. 24, 2014 6:55 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 24, 2014 8:10 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- Larry Holley has lived down the hill from the Hurricane landfill his entire life. Like everyone in Hurricane, he was less than pleased to find out Freedom Industries was dumping water containing MCHM in the landfill.

"They oughta not be dumping it there in the first place. There are kids here. I mean, people have to live here also,” said Hurricane Resident Larry Holley.

After it was made public, the landfill stopped taking the contaminated water voluntarily, but Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards wants to make sure it stays that way.

"We're asking the Kanawha County Court to please revoke the license the permit that allowed waste management to accept the tainted materials. The MCHM tainted materials," said Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards.

The complaint also asks for the remediation and removal of all of the MCHM and PPH that has already been dumped into the landfill.

"We don't want it here. That’s been made very clear by myself and Putnam County Commission, and by the citizens of Hurricane and Putnam county. We do not want MCHM tainted water in our backyards," Edwards added.

Before the site stopped taking the contaminated water, about 40,000 gallons had already been dumped. Holley says he isn't going to miss the trucks carrying contaminated going by his house

"I’m tickled to death they're doing that. It's nice there isn't much of anything going in there. That means less going in there," Holley added.



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