WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


People Living Near Freedom Industries Glad Tanks Now Being Torn Down

Reported by: Send eMail Kera Mashek
Videographer: Shelby Spradling
Also Contributing: Bob Aaron
Reported: Jul. 15, 2014 10:12 PM EDT
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

Freedom Demo Update
Eyewitness News Photo

Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Demolition is now officially underway at Freedom Industries. That's the site of a January chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water for 300,000 people. After a lot of delays, the demo will final get into full swing Wednesday morning at Freedom Industries. And for the thousands who endured the water crisis, cleaning up the Freedom site is one more step in making sure something like it never happens again.

Patty Schott lives close enough to the Freedom Industries tank farm, she's seen it every day for decades and actually has fond memories of the now shuttered business. But make no mistake, she's still glad to know these tanks are coming down.

"As a child growing up here, I'm just used to so many years of seeing that and being able to use the grounds a little bit for riding a bicycle when I was younger. But you know, with the situation, yes, the best thing is that they take it down and out," Schott said.

Even seven months later, being so close to the spill site--schott says she's still nervous about using the water..

"Every week we do guy buy a 10 pack of one gallon water supply, and I'm not using it so much in cooking just here and there once in a while. If they're not for sure, then how could I be sure about anything, especially with grandchildren around," Schott said.

The chief restructuring officer for Freedom Industries, Mark Welch, gave Eyewitness News an exclusive inside look of the Freedom property and says extensive steps have been taken to avoid another chemical accident during the demolition process.

"We have the trenches all monitored. We have about eight pumps going on right now. We have guzzlers and vacuum trucks in place. We'll also have our engineers and our people in here. There's no material in here. There's no risk. We have protocol, and we've taken a lot of time to do this right," Welch said.

In fact, Freedom has spent some $6 million on the clean-up so far.

The process of tearing down the tanks here at Freedom Industries is only supposed to take about two weeks. For those living in the shadows of the tank farm, that can't come soon enough.

"I will be happy when it's all over!" said Schott.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Man Accused In Robbery Has Bond Terms Modified
News
Jul. 28, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
A man accused in a violent convenience store robbery ...
Full News Story

Ohio Woman Sentenced In WV Embezzlement
News
Jul. 28, 2014 4:09 PM EDT
An Ohio woman has been sentenced to one year and six ...
Full News Story

Huntington Museum Hosts Arts And Bots Nature Camp
News
Jul. 28, 2014 3:39 PM EDT
The Huntington Museum of Art is hosting an Arts and ...
Full News Story


News Ohio Authorities Say Indictments Could Put Dent In Drug Trafficking Organization
Jul. 28, 2014 2:31 PM EDT
News Advocacy Organization Applauds Federal Court Ruling That Declares Va. Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
Jul. 28, 2014 3:19 PM EDT
News WV Attorney General $950K Settlement With Three Companies
Jul. 28, 2014 2:20 PM EDT
News Businesses Extend Helping Hand To Employees At Two Restaurants Affected By Huntington Fire
Jul. 28, 2014 2:03 PM EDT
News Dirty Girl Mud Run Says Its Assets Have Been Acquired By Human Movement
Jul. 28, 2014 1:40 PM EDT
News Firefighters Say Morris Building Fire Believed To Be Accidental
Jul. 28, 2014 2:02 PM EDT
News West Virginia American Water To Conduct Public Tour
Jul. 28, 2014 11:58 AM EDT
News Tennant Spoofs White House's Power In New Ad
Jul. 28, 2014 11:10 AM EDT
News Putnam Deputies Locate, Arrest Escapee
Jul. 28, 2014 11:03 AM EDT
News Power Outages Reported In Some WV Areas; Possible Tornado In Ritchie County
Jul. 28, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
News Rock Beats Paper: Study Says Fist Bumps Spread Fewer Bacteria Than Handshakes Or High-Fives
Jul. 28, 2014 10:40 AM EDT
News Human Trafficking Conference Set In Morgantown
Jul. 28, 2014 10:29 AM EDT
News WV Awarded With 23 Litter Control Grants
Jul. 28, 2014 9:37 AM EDT
News WV Man Arrested After Child Found In Hot Car
Jul. 28, 2014 9:27 AM EDT
News Two Men Die In Boone County Crash
Jul. 28, 2014 9:22 AM EDT
News Real Life Rapunzel Cuts Hair For Cancer
Jul. 28, 2014 8:54 AM EDT
News Dollar Tree Buying Peer Family Dollar Stores For About $8.5 Billion
Jul. 28, 2014 8:57 AM EDT
News Dozens Treated For Illness At Keith Urban Concert
Jul. 28, 2014 8:58 AM EDT
News Cable On Ohio Amusement Park Ride Snaps, Injuring Two
Jul. 28, 2014 11:40 AM EDT
News Fourth Avenue Reopens Following Huntington Fire; 9th Street Plaza To Remain Closed
Jul. 28, 2014 9:04 AM EDT
News Fundraiser To Aid Teen Recovering From Brain Cancer
Jul. 28, 2014 9:02 AM EDT
News Tornado Watch Issued For WV Counties Until 3 a.m.
Jul. 27, 2014 9:47 PM EDT
News U.S. House Candidates Secure Prominent Endorsements
Jul. 28, 2014 9:13 AM EDT
News One Dead, Two Injured In Pike County Shooting
Jul. 28, 2014 9:14 AM EDT
News Emergency Officials Offer Advice On What To Do In Case Of Tornado
Jul. 27, 2014 6:45 PM EDT
News Clay Center Hosts Family Fun Day
Jul. 27, 2014 5:58 PM EDT
News On-Site School Review For Grading System To Debut
Jul. 27, 2014 4:58 PM EDT
News Art Project To Aid Huntington Children's Hospital
Jul. 27, 2014 4:57 PM EDT
News Both Directions Of I-77 Tunnel Near Bluefield Reopen After Fire
Jul. 27, 2014 4:54 PM EDT
News Fans Welcome Saints To The Greenbrier
Jul. 26, 2014 11:36 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Ohio woman sentenced in W.Va. embezzlement

An Ohio woman has been sentenced to one year and six months in federal prison for embezzling $150,000 from a government-subsidized apartment complex in West Virginia.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

Oregon's largest coal-burning power plant is expected to shut down in a few years, but that doesn't mean coal is dead.
Full Story

Ohio News
Ohio woman sentenced in W.Va. embezzlement

An Ohio woman has been sentenced to one year and six months in federal prison for embezzling $150,000 from a government-subsidized apartment complex in West Virginia.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.