Department of Environmental Protection Orders Freedom Industries to Provide Spill Material Info

Jan 22, 2014

Credit C. W. Sigman

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a new order to Freedom Industries Wednesday, less than a day after it was discovered another chemical--known as PPH--was included in the tank that leaked at the Freedom site.

According to the order, Freedom has until 4 p.m. Wednesday to provide the West Virginia DEP on-site inspector with information that fully describes the composition of materials released into the Elk River almost two weeks ago.

“Having this revelation so late in the game is completely unacceptable,” said DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman.


“Having to order them to provide such obvious information is indicative of the continued decline of their credibility.”

Freedom must also take immediate measures to initiate compliance with all pertinent environment laws.

Two previous orders given by the DEP are also remaining in full effect.