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Putnam County Commissioners Could Be Heading Back To Court

Reported: Apr. 9, 2014 6:18 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 9, 2014 6:28 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- People in Hurricane aren’t happy a chemical that tainted water for 300,000 people in West Virginia has been dumped in their back yard.

"It's too close into my backyard. There are children here, there’s wildlife. I don't think they took anything into consideration when they decided to dump it there,” said Devonna Parsons.

Parsons has lived in Hurricane for years, and wants the MCHM that has been dumped in a landfill near her house to be removed. Waste Management did stop taking the chemical here weeks ago, but there are still about100 tons of it sitting in the landfill.

"We're getting information as to what we can and cannot do, what needs to be done, and how we are to proceed," said Putnam County Commission President Stephen Andes.

Andes said if the commission does file a lawsuit, it will most likely be against Waste Management, DSI, and the DEP. But the DEP said Waste Management has to decide what to do with the tainted soil.

"The DEP actually has no authority to tell waste management what it can and can't do with the material that was legally deposited in the landfill," said DEP Communication Director Kelley Gillenwater.

But Andes said legality isn't the issue, and that the DEP should have told the county what was going on.

"They are the department of environmental protection, they are there to protect the public, but it seems like they did this behind people's backs," added Andes.

But as the legal chess match continues, all Parsons knows is that she wants the chemical out of her backyard...

"I really don't care who does it, I think they both need to join together since they were both in on it, and have it removed,” Parsons added.



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