"DEP Inspectors Describe Early Scene at Freedom Leak Site"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When state inspectors arrived at the Freedom Industries tank farm late last Thursday morning, they found a 400-square-foot pool of clear liquid had collected outside a white tank marked as number 396."

"A 4-foot wide stream of the liquid -- thicker than water, but not as heavy as syrup -- was flowing across the bottom of a containment dike. The flow disappeared right at the joint where the dike's wall connected to its floor.

Freedom Industries had set up one cinder block and used one 50-pound bag of some sort of safety absorbent powder to try to block the chemical flow, state Department of Environmental Protection inspectors say."

Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette January 13, 2014.


"Freedom Industries Ordered To Preserve Evidence at Site" (Charleston Gazette)

"Calls for Oversight in West Virginia Went Unheeded" (New York Times)

"Spill in West Virginia Highlights Gap in U.S. Practice for Handling Chemicals" (Dallas Morning News)

"Critics Say Spill Highlights Lax West Virginia Regulations" (New York Times)

"West Virginia Chemical Spill Probe Falls To Overburdened Chemical Safety Board" (Center for Public Integrity)

"Chemical Safety Board Deploys to Charleston Spill" (Huntington News)

"West Virginia Spill Sparks Drive for Tougher Chemical Regulation" (Bloomberg)

"Holes in Chemical Regulations Hampered West Virginia Response" (Politico)

"Group Suggests Safety Improvements for Chemical Storage" (Farm Futures)

"How the West Virginia Spill Exposes Our Lax Chemical Laws" (Mother Jones)

"Mysteries Persist Surrounding West Virginia Chemical Spill" (NPR)

"West Virginia Democrats Tepid On New Regulations Following Chemical Spill" (Huffington Post)

Source: Charleston Gazette, 01/14/2014