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Owners of the landfill in Hurricane, WV ordered to cooperate with city investigation in to poss MCHM dumping

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City leaders in Hurricane, WV want to investigate why Freedom Industries allowed water  that was possibly contaminated to be transported to their landfill site City leaders in Hurricane, WV want to investigate why Freedom Industries allowed water that was possibly contaminated to be transported to their landfill site
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Attorneys for the City of Hurricane were successful in getting the local landfill company to cooperate in an investigation into whether water contaminated with Crude MCHM was indeed dumped in to the area's landfill site. 

On March 7, Freedom Industries started transporting waste water to Disposal Services landfill. The waste water comes from the original leak site as well as Poca Blending in Nitro. The dumping stopped a few days later on March 15. However, DSI the company that owns the landfill made it aware to Freedom Industries they could not longer transport waste water to their facility. 

However, both City of Hurricane officials as well as Putnam County leaders felt the "voluntary" decision by DSI, to no longer accept waste water with from the Poca Blending site, was not enough. They have launched an investigation in to dumping at the landfill site in the city of Hurricane. And both city of Hurricane officials along with Putnam County  have also filed a request for a federal injunction that would prohibit the dumping from ever happening again. 

Friday, Judge Stowers in Putnam County said  DSI does need to cooperate in the investigation launched by the City of Hurricane in to transport of ground water to the landfill. 

The Mayor of Hurricane, WV released the following statement:
"I am very happy with the ruling today by Judge Stowers in the Circuit Court of Putnam County.   I believe that the Judge sees the impact of what was done, the dangers involved, as well as the City's right to investigate such matters that pose a risk to the health of its residents.   I am hopeful that DSI will fully comply with our Investigative Order so that we can gather the data needed, get the situation resolved and move forward.   There is a horrible dark cloud over Hurricane and Putnam County, and I am anxious for everyone involved to make it right so the cloud will go away and we can all move forward." says Scott Edwards, Mayor of Hurricane. 

A request for a federal injunction prohibiting the transport of ground water to the landfill in Hurricane, WV is scheduled for May 14. 
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ORIGINAL:
HURRICANE, WV -The city of Hurricane and Putnam County may be heading back to court to get MCHM-contaminated waste water out of a local landfill. Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards told 13 News the city is meeting with lawyers this week to discuss the possibility. He said he and county commissioners would like to see that waste material be removed from the Disposal Services landfill in Hurricane.

On March 7 Freedom Industries started transporting waste water to Disposal Services landfill, owned by Waste Management. The waste water comes from the original leak site as well as Poca Blending in Nitro. The dumping stopped a few days later on March 15. However, neighbors in the area would like to see the waste water already there removed.

B.G. Boster has lived in Hurricane since 1967. He lives down the road from the landfill. "There's nothing that tells me that it won't seep from that landfill into my water system here," he said.

Because he is on the well system, he fears his water could now be tainted. He said he agrees with the Mayor and the commission in removing the waste.If a lawsuit gets filed and the waste is ordered to be removed, it's not exactly clear where the material would go. West Virginia DEP officials say the landfill is the only one in the state where the material is allowed.

"They got to put it somewhere. It's our problem so it needs to be taken care of, here in the state," said Joseph Brothers. He also lives down the road from the landfill. He said now that the water has been mixed with sawdust and garbage has since piled on top of it, the county and city should just leave it alone.

13 News spoke with Kelley Gillenwater, a spokesperson for the West Virginia DEP. In a written statement she said: "After Waste Management took possession of the material and deposited it at the DSI landfill in Putnam County, the company became responsible for that material. What it chooses to do with it now is up to Waste Management. The DEP has no authority to tell a solid waste permit holder what it can or can't do with the material it has legally disposed of in a landfill as long as no regulatory requirements have been violated. In other words, as long as Waste Management and its landfill continue to meet all permit requirements, the DEP has no cause to step in and order that the company do something else with the material."