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Published on Jan 23, 2014

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Company in West Virginia spill failed to disclose second chemical

 

Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:16pm EST

 

Freedom Industries is pictured in Charleston, West Virginia, January 10, 2014. REUTERS/Lisa Hechesky

Freedom Industries is pictured in Charleston, West Virginia, January 10, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Lisa Hechesky

 

 

 

The company behind a chemical spill that left about 300,000 people in West Virginia without tap water failed to disclose a second chemical in the leak, state officials said on Wednesday.

The company, Freedom Industries, had previously said that only one chemical, crude MCHM, had spilled from one of its storage tanks into the Elk River at Charleston on January 9.

Freedom Industries told the state Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday that a second chemical, PPH, was in the above-ground tank despite an order immediately after the spill to disclose what was in it, the department said in a statement.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said he was “very disappointed” that it took Freedom Industries, a maker of specialty chemicals, 12 days to disclose the presence of PPH.

“You know, once again it’s another one of those chemicals that very few people knew anything about,” he told a news conference.

“When I first heard about it yesterday the first thing we tried to do with my internal team is find out, what is PPH? And then why it was not revealed.”

 

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