West Virginia Asked To Void Chemical Wastewater Dumping Permit

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is being asked to void a permit that allowed wastewater to be transported from the site of a Charleston chemical spill to a Putnam County landfill.

The county and the city of Hurricane made the request last week.

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards says he wasn't told about Waste Management's plan to dump the material mixed with sawdust at the Disposal Services landfill. The water contains traces of the crude MCHM that spilled Jan. 9, contaminating 300,000 people's drinking water for days.

Putnam County Commission President Steve Andes says an injunction will be sought if DEP does not comply.

DEP spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater said in an email that all regulatory requirements have been met, and there is no cause to rescind the permit.