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Landfill, Hurricane and County Settle Chemical Suit


A landfill, the city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Commission have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the facility’s acceptance of waste from a chemical spill site.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the County Commission approved the settlement agreement on Tuesday.

The county and the city sued Disposal Service Inc. and Waste Management of West Virginia in May 2014 after they learned the landfill had accepted liquid and solid waste from a Freedom Industries site in Charleston. A January 2014 spill at the site prompted a ban on tap water use for 300,000 residents for days.

The agreement includes monitoring the landfill in Hurricane for the coal-cleaning chemical MCHM for five years. The landfill would shut down its aeration process and leachate discharge if MCHM is detected.