W.Va. company to dismantle tanks after chemical spill

West Virginia's governor is ordering the company responsible for the chemical spill that contaminated water for 300,000 people to remove all above-ground storage tanks from its Charleston operation.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's statement on Saturday says that Freedom Industries must start dismantling the tanks by March 15, the Associated Press reports.


Freedom Industries must also dismantle all associated piping and machinery at the facility. All 17 tanks at the site are "located within inadequate secondary containment areas," the order said.

"During the dismantling of the tanks, Freedom Industries is ordered to install measures that ensure that secondary containment is adequate to contain any potential spills resulting from the work," the governor's statement said.

"Secondary containment structures cannot be removed until all above-ground tanks have been dismantled and removed from the site."

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOn The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Cain says he won't back down, wants to be nominated to Fed Pro-life Christians are demanding pollution protections MORE (D-W.Va.) had called for the facility to be torn down on Friday.