1/25/2014 11:40 PM
West Virginia's governor has ordered
the company at the center of a chemical spill that tainted the water supply for
the state capital to begin the process of removing all above-ground storage
tanks from the Charleston operation.
A statement released Saturday by Gov.
Earl Ray Tomblin's office says Freedom Industries must start the dismantling
process by March 15.
The Jan. 9 spill at Freedom Industries
contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians.
The order to dismantle and properly
dispose of the tanks also includes associated piping and machinery. The
facility currently has 17 tanks.
The governor's order was included in a
consent order issued Friday by the state Department of Environmental Protection
and signed by Freedom Industries. The company has already been ordered to
remove almost 1 million gallons of chemicals from the plant.