Asbestos Found In Freedom Industries’ Water Tanks

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said asbestos has been discovered at Freedom Industries during the tank removal process.

A DEP spokesperson tells WSAZ that after a required asbestos inspection prior to tank demolition revealed the presence of asbestos. Asbestos abatement by a contractor was expected to get underway Monday.

The tanks at the site of the Jan. 9 chemical spill were scheduled to be torn down starting Monday. The asbestos discovery will push that starting date back.

It's not known just how long the asbestos removal will take.