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Freedom Industries has tentatively agreed to release long-sealed budget reports showing actual past expenses and projected future costs for cleaning up the site of the January chemical leak but some budget information will likely remain hidden.

In a federal bankruptcy court hearing in Charleston Tuesday which Chief Judge Ronald Pearson called over concerns that too much of Freedoms limited assets were being spent on things other than remediating the Elk River site, which he said is the primary goal the judge asked Freedoms Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch whether the company is amenable to publicly releasing the documents that Pearson has been keeping under seal.

Pearson said he believes releasing them would increase public confidence in the process.

Welch, whom Freedom hired to manage its finances while it winds down operations, said he no longer objected to the documents being made public, though Freedom attorney Mark Freedlander then asked Pearson whether the court would still keep hidden budget assumptions that include narratives and other explanations of how the projected figures are calculated.

Pearson agreed, and the court and Freedoms attorneys now plan to negotiate about what will be released and when.

Welch said hes not opposed to releasing all past and future periodic budgets for the remediation of the Etowah Terminal site, where a leak of Crude MCHM and other chemicals fouled the water of hundreds of thousands of West Virginians for days.

He said he wanted the documents sealed previously for various concerns, including that there were more unanswered questions about the cost of remediation at the time and that he wanted to keep potential bidders on the cleanup work from basing their bids on projected costs.

He said his concerns are allayed now that Freedom has hired Arcadis as a new project management and remediation contractor following its June firing of Civil & Environmental Consultants shortly after there were two overflow incidents of potentially contaminated stormwater into the river in two days under its watch and hired SPSI as a direct site cleanup subcontractor.

Ive replaced operational management, Welch said. Ive replaced everybody.

The budget documents could shed more light on the ongoing costs of the remediation process at a time when the judge, Freedoms creditors and the wider public are concerned that the bankrupt companys initially limited funds are dwindling to a point that it wont be able to both adequately remediate the site and pay its obligations.

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Managers of bankrupt Freedom Industries continue to work toward getting their Elk River facility into a voluntary industrial remediation program, but Department of Environmental Protection officials want the company more focused on actually cleaning up contaminated soil at the site of the January chemical spill that polluted the drinking-water supply for hundreds of thousands of people.

Scott Mandirola, director of the DEP Division of Water and Waste Management, said he has been concerned about the possibility that some cleanup work could be delayed while the company worked to establish its eligibility for the agencys Voluntary Remediation Program.

It appears that we should have been moving faster down the remediation pathway, said Mandirola, whose staff has been overseeing the cleanup since the Jan. 9 spill of a mixture of Crude MCHM and other chemicals at Freedoms tank facility. Im looking for a little more in terms of when are you going to start digging?

Last week, Freedom submitted an updated plan to DEP to outline its proposal for more soil and groundwater testing that will help determine how much remediation work needs to be done. And today, Freedom hopes to begin cutting apart and tearing down the last of its chemical storage tanks.

But on Tuesday, the company faces a hearing before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson, who early this month issued a strongly worded order questioning whether Freedom was really committed to the cleanup. Pearson complained that Freedom was spending too much on lawyers and other professionals, wasnt making adequate progress at the site, and had warned in bankruptcy court filings that it might abandon the Elk River facility if cleanup costs appeared to be coming in too high.

Pearson ordered Freedom officials to appear in court prepared to answer serious questions about the extent to which the company intends to comply with existing demolition and cleanup orders and pay necessary environmental administrative claims to do so.

The dispute over Freedoms cleanup efforts comes just three months after Pearson had proclaimed in a formal court order that Freedom had been working conscientiously and diligently to implement a cost effective and safe means for demolition and cleanup at the site, located just 1.5 miles upstream from West Virginia American Waters regional drinking water intake.

Freedom contractors have removed most of the more than a dozen chemical storage tanks that stood at the companys Etowah Terminal prior to the Jan. 9 spill. Four tanks that remain were being used for storage of stormwater runoff while Freedom worked out a deal to ship that waste to the Charleston Sanitary Board, for treatment and disposal in the Kanawha River. The next phase for Freedom is removing those four tanks. Stormwater will then be collected in temporary storage tanks.

The companys new, 161-page Remediation Delineation and Investigation Work Plan, submitted to DEP last week, spells out a plan for additional contamination testing at the site, leading up to submission in December of an application for the site to enter DEPs voluntary cleanup program.

If allowed to proceed in this program, Freedom could have to meet less-stringent contamination standards than under existing DEP enforcement orders. Under existing orders, Freedom likely would have to clean up the Elk River site to the point where no MCHM can be detected in soil left at the location. Under the voluntary program, the cleanup standard would be a risk-based one, which would depend on what sort of potential for human exposure exists based on the planned future use of the land.

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Islands Sunset
The Islands of River Wilderness.

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Inhabitants of the island (there’s around 38,000) call themselves “Swampies”.

Chiswick Eyot

Recognisable to regular viewers of the Boat Race, Chiswick Eyot is accessible by foot at low tide, almost fully submerged at high tide (tree branches excepted) and like many islands in the Thames was used in the 19th century for the growing of osiers, used by basket and furniture makers. The island was in the headlines in 2010 after a pensioner claimed he had been living a Robinson Crusoe lifestyle on the island for six months, while sleeping in a net to avoid the incoming tide.

Olivers Island

Known as Strand Ayt until the English Civil War, this islands current name was inspired by the myth that Oliver Cromwell took refuge there. A secret tunnel supposedly linked the island to the Bulls Head pub in Chiswick.

A tollbooth was set up on the island in 1777, and a smithy was built there in the 1865, surviving until the 1990s. The island’s only inhabitants now are birds, such as herons, Canada geese and cormorants.

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Brentford Ait

Now uninhabited, with no buildings, Brentford Ait was once home to the notorious Three Swans pub. Fred S. Thackers The Thames Highway Locks and Weirs, published in 1920, explains: In March 1811 one Robert Hunter of Kew Green described the island to the city as a great Nuisance to this parish and the Neighbourhood on both sides of the River. It contained a House of Entertainment, which has long been a Harbour for Men and women of the worst description, where riotous and indecent Scenes were often exhibited during the Summer Months on Sundays.

It is now covered with willows, planted to obscure the Brentford gasworks.

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If you turned into the first night of the CW’s Labyrinth ready to begin a spectacular four hour reboot of the 1986 David Bowie fantasy film of the same name, then you might have been just as confused as I was when this title card came up.

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There was a legit record scratch in my living room when this shit popped up, but there’s no such thing as a punch I can’t roll with and what better way for CW to appease jonesing Reign fans like myself then slip-slapping a period drama into the Thursday time slot the week after Reign’s finale? Don’t make me live in the present. This Labyrinth may have substantially fewer Goblin Kings with nut-hugging leggings turning the world upside down for 15-year-old girls, but it does have THIS guy:

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Considering Labyrinth was filmed in 2012, I’m tempted to say the recent turn of Sebastian Stan in Captain America: Has Heavy Romantic Subtext With the Winter Soldier had everything to do with this airing now. Which hey, savvy! Sebastian Stan is as talented as he is handsome.

Labyrinth is also based on the novel by Kate Mosse (note the last “e”) with this snazzy cover:

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I guessed this before I knew it because frankly Labyrinth feels very much like watching a novel. There’s the wish-fulfillment proxy, spritely blonde Brit Alice Turner, who’s been hooked up with an archaeological digging gig by her archaeologist friend (wish #1) days away from inheriting a beautiful house in Carcassone (wish #2) and then stumbles on a pair of embracing skeletons and a series of twinkly trinkets (wish #3 the trinkets, I mean) during the dig that give her visions of mysterious medieval woman Alais and ultimately compels her to cross paths with Sebastian Stan while he lays out in his pool (wish #4).

Alais is Alice’s way-back olden-times ancestor, and Alais really slayed the game when it came to being a virtuous 13th century daughter. She was up at the crack of dawn to apprentice with an herbalist, and then she’d go clean the rotting bodies out of the river etc.etc. Because of her non-stop 24-hour, 365-days a week lifestyle of 100% righteousness, her dad entrusted her with a batshit crazy secret. You ready for this? You’re not but here it is anyway:

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Remediation Plan

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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Freedom Industries Releases Spill Site Cleanup Plan

Remediation Plan

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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THE ISLANDS Of RIVER WILDERNESS – ACTIVITIES
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Making the Saginaw Bay region beaches available for community members is a high priority for local Great Lakes restoration organizations.

State and federal legislative representatives came together Friday to discuss the future of the Great Lakes during Central Michigan Universitys symposium.

Weekly, we would receive phone calls about beach access and water levels, said Kyle Bostwick, the Shiawasee Sub-Watershed director for the Partnership for the Saginaw Bay Watershed and chief of staff for State Rep. Charles Brunner, D-Bay City. Weve come a long way. There were 37 beaches closed on a regular basis, and now were down to five.

Bostwick said there are multiple groups in the area that are working to keep the area safe for recreation, but organizing the groups had been difficult in the past.

There are 18 organizations alone to better the Cass River, he said. We are very lucky to have Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and many others working with these organizations to better these rivers.

Preservation of the Great Lakes and the rivers in the area has been a main focus for many organizations like the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality. Bostwick said he believes providing access to the beaches and rivers is just as important.

We spend all this time and resources on preserving it that we forget about access to these beaches, he said. You have to drive all the way to Tawas to see a beach without muck. We have to provide access. That should be our primary goal.

Bostwick said the Partnership for the Saginaw Bay Watershed was just granted permission to clean 1,000 feet of beaches and build a boardwalk. He said this was a small step in the process of cleaning hundreds of miles of shoreline for the public to access.

Others at the symposium were worried about the Enbridge Energy Partners LP sunken pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Ryan Tarrant, district director for U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, said the representative has asked the company to evaluate the structure and integrity of the pipeline.

The pipeline, which carries more than 23 million gallons of crude oil through the area daily, can be shut off in case of a leak by a valve, according to the company.

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands Flash floods in the Solomon Islands have killed 14 people and left thousands more homeless.

Government spokesman George Herming said Saturday that the death toll could rise further, with many people listed as missing. He said as many as 15,000 people have had their homes destroyed or made uninhabitable.

The South Pacific island nation is home to 600,000 people.

Herming said there were several days of rain before the Mataniko River in the capital, Honiara, burst its banks Thursday and flooded low-lying settlements alongside the river.

He said the flooding continued through Friday, and waters began to gradually recede Saturday.

New Zealand’s government has pledged 300,000 New Zealand dollars ($258,000) to the relief effort.

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The West Australian

Perth’s beaches and riverfront may be among the best in the world – but visitors want more.

As a result, the Tourism Council’s strategy to boost tourism numbers, released this week, has recommended that the city’s beachside accommodation be improved and a greater focus be given to evening activities on the beach and riverfront.

“Water sports in Fremantle, diving at Rottnest Island, deep sea fishing off Hillarys, swimming at Rockingham, dolphins in Mandurah and Swan River cruises are classic Perth experiences,” the report said.

“But discerning locals and visitors are always in search of some extra comfort and amenity.”

The report said facilities at landmark beaches such as Scarborough and Cottesloe had fallen behind their local and national counterparts. Both needed improved infrastructure and management to “realise their potential as major attractions for the local community and beyond”.

This should include boardwalks, seating, shade and play spaces.

“Similarly, local icons Rottnest Island and Fremantle each require sustained investment in visitor infrastructure to enable them to remain competitive in a global market,” the report said.

“For Fremantle, accelerating the revitalisation of Victoria Quay and the passenger terminal to incorporate a high-quality arrival and departure experience is essential for the 450,000 to 550,000 visitors who pass through each year.

“For Rottnest Island, a luxury accommodation option is fundamental to re-engage high yield locals and the lucrative Asian market.”

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Argentinas tax agency head is meeting FIFA President Sepp Blatter today to tell him how soccer teams are evading taxes in the $3.7 billion player trading market.

Ricardo Echegaray has traveled to the soccer ruling bodys headquarters in Zurich to inform Blatter that his agency has detected techniques used by clubs to direct transfers through sporting tax havens, the tax office said in an e-mailed statement.

The visit comes a week after FIFA said it fined four Argentine clubs for trading players through a Uruguayan team for reasons that were not of a sporting nature.

Argentinas tax agency has been in touch with FIFA previously. In 2012 it wrote to the soccer body to say players from that country were being traded through seven clubs in Uruguay and two in Chile to avoid paying higher tax rates at home, and that sometimes the transfer fees passed through offshore companies.

The agency said at the time that the transfer fees were split between the player, his agent and investors who owned his transfer rights. Argentina is among the biggest exporter of soccer players in the world yet many of its teams are indebted as clubs receive just a fraction of the amount raised from sales.

Deportivo Maldonado SAD, a team in Uruguays second tier with average attendances of about 200, and led by a group of U.K. businessmen, earned $14 million since 2011 through trading players who never played for it. Officials there say they abide with FIFAs regulations and local laws.

In 2012, the Argentine tax authorities published details of how defender Jonathan Bottinelli was transferred between Argentine clubs San Lorenzo and River Plate via Union San Felipe, a Chilean team for which hed never played. The $1.7 million fee was deposited in a Miami bank account, according to the paperwork.

To contact the reporters on this story: Tariq Panja in Rio de Janeiro at tpanja@bloomberg.net; Alex Duff in Madrid at aduff4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net Peter-Joseph Hegarty

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The president of the company responsible for the Jan. 9 chemical leak has asked a judge to let him get paid during the company’s bankruptcy case.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the company responsible for the Jan. 9 chemical leak has asked a judge to let him get paid during the company’s bankruptcy case.

Gary Southern said, in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Saturday, that he hasn’t gotten paid since Jan. 19. The company, Freedom Industries, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Jan. 18. Chapter 11 allows a company to reorganize and continue operating, but its attorney has said the company is winding down.

Southern said in his filing that he worked between 12 and 16 hours a day for 46 consecutive days — from Jan. 10, the day after the spill, to Feb. 26. Since March 3, he said, he has worked 10 to 12 hours a day Monday through Friday.

He has had to attend daily meetings with state and federal officials conducting investigations into the leak. Southern also must continue talks with vendors, according to the court documents.

Southern became president of Freedom on Jan. 1, at an annual salary of $230,000. He is asking U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Pearson to pay him until a chief restructuring officer is appointed to the case.

Crude MCHM leaked from the company’s tank farm on Barlow Drive into the Elk River on Jan. 9, fouling the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginians.

Earlier this month, Pearson approved Freedom’s request to hire a company to help collect and preserve its electronic documents, and respond to requests from the state Department of Environmental Protection in its daily site supervision.

The documents from current and former Freedom officials must be collected to comply with subpoenas issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office and other agencies investigating the company.

There are about 240 unsecured creditors to whom Freedom owes money. Many of the unsecured creditors are those who filed lawsuits against the company before its bankruptcy filing. There are at least 30 lawsuits against Freedom.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has approved the first phase of the tank decommission plan of Freedom Industries’ Charleston facility where MCHM and other chemicals spilled into the Elk River Jan. 9, spoiling the water for 300,000 people in parts of nine southern West Virginia counties.

The plan was prepared by Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc., a company from Export, PA., and details the order of activities, procedures and safeguards workers will use to begin removing the above-ground storage tanks at the facility.

Freedom was ordered to begin the process of dismantling, removing and properly disposing of all of its above-ground storage tanks, as well as the associated piping and machinery at the Elk River site. The 14-page plan outlines dust control, stormwater management, precautions in case of spills or releases and regulatory compliance.

None of the materials stored in the tanks are considered “hazardous waste” under either West Virginia or federal law. The DEP has indicated that the odors associated with MCHM will again be present as construction activities at the plant intensify.

According to the DEP, most of the tanks’ liquid inventory has been removed, with the exception of tank heel in a number of the above-ground storage tanks. Tank heel is the product that remains in the bottom of storage tanks because it can’t be removed through the normal pumping procedures.

Freedom Industries conducted an asbestos survey to facilitate the demolition of the tanks and associated infrastructure. The company also will start a lead-based paint assessment study.

According to the tank decommission plan, contractors will first begin removing tanks at the north end of the property. Workers already have cut a hole in tank No. 393, the tank responsible for the Jan. 9 leak. It will be cleaned and sandblasted by the Chemical Safety Board. Contractors will remove the floor section of the tank, and it will be retained by the CSB.

To protect area water, liner materials that cannot be penetrated will be used to cover the areas exposed during tank removal operations, according to the DEP, and workers also must take all necessary steps to prevent spills or releases to the ground or the Elk River.

Freedom Industries is required to give a 48-hour notice to WVDEP representatives as well as representatives for litigation parties and counsel for the Unsecured Creditors Committee prior to entering into a demolition contract and commencing field work at the Elk River facility.

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Freedom Decommissioning Plan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has released Freedom Industries’ demolition plan for the site of the January 9 chemical spill.

The Plan, which has been approved by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection was prepared for Freedom Industries by Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc., out of Export, Pa.

It details the order of activities, accompanying procedures and safeguards workers will use to begin the removal of above ground storage tanks (ASTs) at the facility, including tank No. 396 that leaked an estimated 10,000 gallons of MCHM and another chemical, PPH.

In January, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered Freedom to begin dismantling, removing and properly disposing of all ASTs, as well as associated piping and machinery at the Elk River site by March 15.

The governor’s directive was included in Consent Order 8034 issued by the WVDEP and signed by Freedom Industries.

To comply with that order, Freedom Industries has begun the process of decommissioning and cleaning its tanks for demolition. Most of the tanks’ liquid inventory has been removed, with the exception of tank heel in a number of the ASTs. Tank heel is the product that remains in the bottom of storage tanks because it can’t be removed through the normal pumping procedures.

Freedom Industries also has conducted an asbestos survey to facilitate the demolition of the tanks and the associated infrastructure and will initiate a lead-based paint assessment in association with the ASTs.

According to the Tank Decommission Plan, contractors will first begin removing ASTs on the north end of the Freedom Industries’ property, near the faulty tank No. 396. Workers have already cut a hole in Tank No. 393, located on the far north end of the site, to remove the tank heel. Tank No. 396 will be cleaned and sandblasted by the Chemical Safety Board (CSB). Contractors will remove the floor section of the tank, which will be retained by the CSB.

During tank removal, steps will be taken to control dust and other airborne emissions from the property. No on-site burning will be permitted. It is likely that MCHM odors associated with the site will increase as construction activities intensify at Freedom Industries.

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Youre at Victoria Park in Ontario, preparing to swing from an 80-foot cliff and fly 200 feet across Elora Gorge before rappelling down to the river like a human spider.

Your guide asks you to pick a rope.

Would you ask for the cheapest rope or the strongest?

Will you look for the shortest length or one long enough to reach the ground?

Obvious, right?

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Their business, not surprisingly, is left dangling in mid-air with no way to land safely!

Asking how much SEO costs isnt logical. Its the wrong question. The same goes for comparing SEO services on a price-per-hour basis. After all, when it comes to search engine optimization, there is no such thing as a one size fits all solution.

In order to help your business leverage search traffic optimally, SEO consultants must first understand your business and your goals or targets. They will have to:

Only then can they begin to develop a strategic SEO plan designed to rocket your business website to the front page of Google.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The owner of a company hired by Freedom Industries to clean up its tank farm on the Elk River wouldn’t say Sunday if federal investigators removed guns from his company’s property last week.

Daniel Carlton Kessler said that he had no idea why dozens of federal agents showed up at Diversified Services LLC on Thursday. The company, which has also hauled chemicals for Freedom Industries in the past, is under federal investigation, and has a history of environmental complaints filed against it.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, who is conducting a criminal investigation into the leak at Freedom Industries, also wouldn’t say why FBI agents were at Diversified Services.

Cecelia Sanson owns CJ’s Auto Sales and other property next to Diversified Services, at 110 Virginia St. in St. Albans. Sanson and her family have filed complaints for years with the state Department of Environmental Protection about chemical leaks and odors coming from Diversified, which Kessler founded in 2010.

Sanson said she saw federal agents confiscating a gun from Diversified Services on Thursday.

She didn’t know what kind of gun it was, but thought it was a rifle.

“It was more like something you’d see in war,” Sanson said of the gun. “I don’t know my guns but I do know it was a real long gun. You could knock a rabbit in the head instead of having to shoot it.

“[Kessler's] wife jumped out of the truck and yelled, ‘Hey, that’s my husband’s gun.’”

Asked if investigators took guns from his property, Kessler referred comment to his lawyer, whom he did not identify.

In 1995, Kessler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County in Annapolis, Md., according to court records and a court official. He pleaded to that charge in exchange for the state dropping four other charges, including assault with intent to murder and reckless endangerment.

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