DEP issues cease operations order to Freedom Industries. - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

DEP issues cease operations order to Freedom Industries.

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Route 2 now open following tractor trailer accident

    UPDATE: Route 2 now open following tractor trailer accident

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:00:48 GMT
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.
  • EnergyEnergyMore>>

  • UMWA endorses Tennant at annual Labor Day Celebration in Racine, WV

    UMWA endorses Tennant at annual Labor Day Celebration in Racine, WV

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:49:35 GMT
    United Mine Workers of America will feature food, entertainment and presentations by political and labor leaders at its 76th Annual Labor Day Celebration in Boone County on Sept. 1.
    United Mine Workers of America will feature food, entertainment and presentations by political and labor leaders at its 76th Annual Labor Day Celebration in Boone County on Sept. 1.
  • Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

    Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:11:52 GMT
    The tracks were supposed to lead to a depository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, where Congress intended to send radioactive fuel. Instead, the Obama administration cancelled a project that had been criticized as inadequate and opposed by many Nevadans.
    The tracks were supposed to lead to a depository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, where Congress intended to send radioactive fuel. Instead, the Obama administration cancelled a project that had been criticized as inadequate and opposed by many Nevadans.
  • WV workforce lacks oil and gas expertise — for now

    WV workforce lacks oil and gas expertise — for now

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:00:19 GMT
    Despite the relatively high amount of natural gas production in West Virginia, less than 3 percent of employees in some of the major occupations that make up the sector's workforce live in the Mountain State.
    Despite the relatively high amount of natural gas production in West Virginia, less than 3 percent of employees in some of the major occupations that make up the sector's workforce live in the Mountain State.

Freedom Industries, the company whose leak of a coal washing and preparation chemical leaked from a containment area into the Elk River, was just issued a Cease Operations Order by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Water and Waste Management.

The WVDEP Division of Air Quality has issued a Notice of Violation to Freedom Industries for causing statutory air pollution by discharging 4-Methylcyclohexane, or MCHM, into the air.

As part of the order, Freedom Industries must cease and desist any further receipt of material to be stored within the facility's secondary containment. The company also, as part of the order, must take the necessary measures to contain, recover and remediate the material that has escaped the facility. Freedom Industries also is ordered to immediately conduct an integrity test of all the above-ground storage tanks and secondary containment structures for the entire facility.

Before the Etowah River Terminal can resume operations, it must provide a report for approval that shows the integrity and soundness of all storage and containment structures.

As part of the DWWM order, Freedom Industries must Cease and Desist any further receipt of material to be stored within the faulty secondary containment and take all necessary measures to contain, recover and remediate the material that has escaped the facility.  The facility is ordered to immediately conduct an integrity test of all the above ground storage tanks and secondary containment structures for the entire facility.  Prior to resuming operations, Etowah River Terminal, LLC must provide a report for approval that documents the integrity and soundness of all storage and containment structures.