EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDrama At Freedom Industries Continues
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Katy Brown
Reported: Jun. 14, 2014 5:21 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Before January 9th, Freedom Industries meant nothing to a lot of people in West Virginia. Now the company cannot seem to stay out of the spotlight and it's certainly not for good reasons.
"The biggest thing is why they're not taking the responsibility for what's happening," Brian Looney of Charleston said.
And just a quick recap of all the drama at Freedom Industries.
On January 9th crude MCHM held in tanks at Freedom leaked into the Elk River, which tainted the water for thousands of West Virginians.
It was only 12 days later Freedom revealed another chemical, PPH, also leaked with the MCHM.
And at the end of the already eventful month, an excavator ripped through a pipe containing water and MCHM. Freedom had failed to include that pipe in their maps.
Now fast forward to this week when two spills happened back-to-back.
On Thursday, a sump pump was not turned out to keep storm-water trenches from overflowing. And on Friday, those trenches overflowing again. This time it was because the sump pump couldn't keep up.
"I think it's frustrating when you don't know if the water you're drinking is actually clean or not," Looney said.
West Virginia America Water tested both river and treated water for this week's spills.
All test show absolutely no detection of MCHM.
In a statement from the water company's President Jeff McIntyre, he said: "Two back-to-back storm water overflows at the Freedom Industries site are completely unacceptable, and although water quality was not impacted, such events only serve to erode customer confidence in the water supply,"
Joe Faini of Charleston said "if they say it's good, I trust them" is reference to the water company.
As for Freedom, trust is a whole different story for the people of Charleston.
Looney advises Freedom to "clean up your spills. Clean up your mess."
Again all tests conducted this week after the back-to-back spills came back negative for MCHM. No detection in the raw and treated water.
So if you are back to drinking the tap water, you have nothing to worry about.
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