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Contractor from Freedom Industries fired. New company to move in soon.Contractor from Freedom Industries fired. New company to move in soon.

Contractor from Freedom Industries fired. New company to move in soon.

Freedom Industries cuts ties with contracting company

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CHARLESTON, WV - After storm water from a trench at Freedom Industries spilled into the Elk River not once, but twice last week, Freedom has decided to oust the contractor responsible for those incidents. 

The State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, Randy Huffman, urged Freedom Industries to rid the site of its current contractor, Civil and Environmental Consultants, out of Pittsburgh, PA. Huffman says "we want to gain the trust of the public back" and went on to say, "the best way to do that would be to bring somebody new in". We reached out to Civil and Environmental Consultants and they did not want to make any comment on the situation.  

The plan is to look for a new contracting company to oversee the site. The state DEP says that process is still ongoing, but they are interested in hiring someone local who has more incentive in keeping the water clean. Until the new company is hired the old company is still responsible for monitoring the Freedom Industries site, which raises the question what stops the old company from slacking off? 

We asked Randy Huffman with the state DEP why they continue to trust Civil and Environmental Consultants with such an important job. He replied by saying "I trust that they will do the right thing and they understand what the issue is and what our concerns are and they have a reputation that they are protecting as well". The DEP and the current contracting company have a plan worked out for the remainder of their time at Freedom.

As storms move into our path for the rest of the week the biggest concern is about the storm water trenches overflowing again. The Freedom Industries Plant is under 24/7 monitoring and extra pumps have been installed to help prevent yet another spill from happening.