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Another Tank Dismantled At Freedom Industries

Reported by: Send eMail Bob Aaron
Reported: Jul. 17, 2014 5:33 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 17, 2014 7:28 PM EDT
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Freedom Teardown
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Crews knocked down another huge tank at Freedom Industries Thursday.

Company officials said, with frequent inspections and vacuuming of suspicious liquids, it will take more than the 10 days they estimated to dismantle the tank farm.

Moving like a hula dancer, tank 400 was dragged down and cut up by an excavator with a huge scissors on it. It was the second big tank dropped in two days in the cleanup at Freedom Industries. A spill at the tank farm in January contaminated water supplies for 300,000 West Virginians. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board revealed Wednesday that a hole was found in a second MCHM tank next to tank 396 that leaked 10,000 gallons of the chemical.

Freedom's chief restricting officer said he expects lawyers suing the bankrupt company will demand one more chance for soil and other sampling, before tanks 400 and 396 are flattened.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is reminding above ground tank owners that have to register that time is running out. The new tank law is designed to prevent a repeat of the problems that brought on the water crisis and the need to flatten the place.

McDowell County is leading the list of tank registrations so far, with 352 tanks.

About 2200 tanks statewide are signed up so far under the new above ground tank law.



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