CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Freedom Industries has submitted it’s remediation plan for the site of the leak that happened in January.
The MCHM and PPH leak into the Elk River led to a no use ban for thousands of West Virginia American Water customers in nine counties.
The plan, developed by Pennsylvania-based Civil & Environmental Consultants, addresses the environmental conditions at the spill site.
According to a press release from the WVDEP, the plan includes a summary of water quality sampling and remedial measures that Freedom Industries has already implemented at the spill site. The plan also provides a schedule of activities, including site characterization and remediation of impacted soils and groundwater, which will begin once tank removal on the property’s northern end, where much of the contamination occurred, is complete.
Tank 396, which leaked the chemicals, is located on the northern end of the Freedom site, according to the DEP. Preliminary information has indicated that the primary flow path of the chemicals from Tank 396 was to the north, where a culvert pipe and cobble fill provided the transport mechanism from the secondary containment area to the Elk River.
It is noted in the plan that remedial options described are preliminary and “presumptive” in nature and can change based on information obtained as part of the site characterization. According to the plan, “Despite these variables, it is important to note that the remedial options ultimately selected will be designed to achieve the overall objective of remediating the site to eliminate current and future threats to human health and the environment related to the MCHM release.”
Freedom Industries will submit a final remedial investigation report once enough information is available to clearly identify the extent of environmental impacts at the site.
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