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Freedom Industries, the company whose leak of a coal washing and preparation chemical leaked from a containment area into the Elk River, was just issued a Cease Operations Order by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Water and Waste Management.

The WVDEP Division of Air Quality has issued a Notice of Violation to Freedom Industries for causing statutory air pollution by discharging 4-Methylcyclohexane, or MCHM, into the air.

As part of the order, Freedom Industries must cease and desist any further receipt of material to be stored within the facility's secondary containment. The company also, as part of the order, must take the necessary measures to contain, recover and remediate the material that has escaped the facility. Freedom Industries also is ordered to immediately conduct an integrity test of all the above-ground storage tanks and secondary containment structures for the entire facility.

Before the Etowah River Terminal can resume operations, it must provide a report for approval that shows the integrity and soundness of all storage and containment structures.

As part of the DWWM order, Freedom Industries must Cease and Desist any further receipt of material to be stored within the faulty secondary containment and take all necessary measures to contain, recover and remediate the material that has escaped the facility.  The facility is ordered to immediately conduct an integrity test of all the above ground storage tanks and secondary containment structures for the entire facility.  Prior to resuming operations, Etowah River Terminal, LLC must provide a report for approval that documents the integrity and soundness of all storage and containment structures.