State Wants Replacement Of Contractor Responsible For Spills At Site Leak

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Regulators are pushing Freedom Industries to oust the contractor responsible for spills last week at the site of a January leak into the state's biggest drinking water supply.

State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman said Tuesday he wants Civil & Environmental Consultants gone. The Pittsburgh contractor heads site cleanup.

Stormwater from a Freedom trench poured into the Elk River Thursday and Friday. Tests at the water treatment plant showed no chemical traces either day.

Huffman says he can urge, not force, Freedom to replace the contractor.

Freedom Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch said the company is considering all options.

Huffman says it could take a few weeks to change the contractor. Freedom needs bankruptcy court approval for most actions.

Freedom's January spill contaminated 300,000 people's water for days.