EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFamily Claims Diversified Still Dumping MCHM In St. Albans
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported: May. 2, 2014 10:27 PM EDT
Updated: May. 2, 2014 11:13 PM EDT
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio) -- A family who lives next door to Diversified Services in St. Albans, the company which carted away tons of MCHM after the spill for Freedom Industries, claims the chemical is still being spilled on the ground.
The Sanson family's property butts right up to Diversified.
They testified to the FBI that MCHM was being dumped and handled carelessly on Diversified's land, starting as far back as 2010.They said dumping still going on there, as recently as last Sunday night.
Richard Sanson, his wife Jean and daughter Secilia live next door to Diversified.
In statements to the FBI, Sanson claims Diversified dumped MCHM and more in his backyard, starting in 2011.
"Every time that he came in with tractor and trailer loads and dumped it over there, it goes straight to the river,” Richard Sanson said.
Cecilia Sanson said the smell of MCHM and other chemicals was overpowering at times.
"You can't get your breath," she said. “We got a neighbor in the icu from it now, i was in critical condition from it."
And, as they swore in statements to the FBI, it's all being pumped directly into the St. Albans sewer system.
After Eyewitness News’ first story about Diversified and it's alleged dumping aired back in January, the company erected a privacy fence against the Sansons, in the alley.
"Can't even get to my gas meter, to check the gas on my house," he said.
The Sansons told the FBI the three nights following the Jan 9 spill that trucks came in 24 hours a day dumping.
"I smell that licorice smell right now,” Sanson said.
Cecilia Sanson said the smell was around recently.
“We could smell it last weekend," she said.
Their pictures over the last four years show tanker lids open, puddles below the trucks they claim are spilled MCHM.
Eyewitness News reached out to Diversified to give them a chance to refute the Sansons’ claims and talk about the FBL investigation, but each time they were called, a man named Shawn said they we're not interested and hung up.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is also aware of the situation.
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