Chemical Spill
9:33 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Judge Allows Hurricane Landfill Probe to Proceed

The tanks at the Freedom Industries site where the January 9 spill took place.
Credit AP

A Putnam County judge has ordered a Hurricane landfill where wastewater from a Charleston chemical spill was dumped to produce documents sought by the city of Hurricane in its investigation.

Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers ruled Friday that Hurricane has a right to protect its citizens under the state home-rule law. The Charleston Gazette reports Stowers still must decide how much power the city has in the investigation it launched last month into the Disposal Services landfill owned by Waste Management.

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6:09 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

MCHM Disposal Ban Case at Hurricane Landfill Dismissed

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A judge has dismissed a case that challenged a wastewater permit at a Putnam County landfill after state regulators granted a company's request to end the transport of the wastewater from a Charleston chemical spill.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib dismissed the case Friday.

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Chemical Leak
10:29 am
Tue March 25, 2014

State DEP Asked to Void Chemical Wastewater Dumping Permit

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

The state Department of Environmental Protection is being asked to void a permit that allowed wastewater to be transported from the site of a Charleston chemical spill to a Putnam County landfill.
The Charleston Gazette reports the county and the city of Hurricane made the request last week.
Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards says he wasn't told about Waste Management's plan to dump the material mixed with sawdust at the Disposal Services landfill. The water contains traces of the crude MCHM that spilled Jan. 9, contaminating 300,000 people's drinking water for days.   

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6:10 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Senators Bring Local Issues to Senate Floor

Senators Bob Williams and Bill Cole on the Senate floor.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Two senators rose to speak on the floor Wednesday about local issues they feel could have larger state impacts.

Senator Bill Laird brought to the chambers attention the possible closure of the Hawk’s Nest Golf Course in Fayette County.

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