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According to a news release issued by the Office of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Jan. 25, he has ordered Freedom Industries to begin the process of dismantling, removing and properly disposing of all of its above ground storage tanks, as well as associated piping and machinery, at its Etowah River Terminal in Charleston, WV, by March 15, 2014. 

The site is where the chemical spill into the Elk River occurred on Jan. 9, and according to the news release, shut down the drinking water supply for nearly 300,000 West Virginia residents.

Tomblin's order came via Consent Order 8034, which was issued Friday, Jan. 24 by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and was signed by Freedom Industries. The news release also states Tomblin and DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman had been "discussing the need to dismantle the tanks on Jan. 10."

According to the news release, all three tanks that included the same chemicals that leaked into the Elk River are empty, and the materials in the remaining 14 tanks at the Etowah site include Calcium Chloride and Glycerin.

The news release says all 17 tanks are located within inadequate secondary containment areas, which allowed materials to spill into the Elk River.

Tomblin is ordering Freedom Industries, on or before March 15, 2014, to remove all materials from the remaining 14 tanks at the Elk River facility and store the materials off-site in an area which provides adequate secondary containment.

Freedom Industries received orders from the DEP Jan. 10 to remove the contents of its Etowah Terminal tanks, and the company relocated the tanks' contents to its Poca facility. The DEP issued five notices of violations for that facility Jan. 15. Read more about the violations HERE.

Tomblin's order also requires Freedom Industries to provide the WVDEP with reports detailing the disposition of the materials removed from the tanks.