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February 5, 2014

W.Va. chemical spill company moving materials to Pa.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Thousands of gallons of the chemical that spilled into 300,000 people’s water supply are leaving West Virginia and heading to Pennsylvania.

Freedom Industries expected to move 3,500 gallons of crude MCHM from its Nitro facility to a coal facility in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.The Department of Environmental Protection warned that it could mean unsavory licorice smells for neighbors.

Freedom expects to move more chemicals in upcoming weeks. It’s unclear where the chemicals are heading. Freedom’s parent company is owned by J. Clifford Forrest, who runs Pittsburgh-based Rosebud Mining Co. Rosebud has underground mines in Cambria, Indiana, Armstrong, Beaver and Clearfield counties and surface mines in Somerset County.

State environmental regulators ordered Freedom to remove all chemicals from the Charleston site of the Jan. 9 spill. But when Freedom began transferring to Nitro, officials declared that facility unsafe. The state ordered Freedom to fix its issues or a different facility.

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