Site of 2014 West Virginia chemical spill sold at auction
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The former site of a company that spilled chemicals into a West Virginia river has been sold at auction for $375,000.
WOWK-TV reports business owner Jim Shafer bought the Freedom Industries site on Thursday.
Shafer owns a steel fabrication shop near Clendenin and plans to expand to the Freedom Industries location along the Elk River in Charleston.
In January 2014, a tank at Freedom Industries leaked thousands of gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals that got into West Virginia American Water’s treatment plant 1.5 miles downstream. About 300,000 people were told not to drink or clean with the water for days.
Information from: WOWK-TV, http://www.wowktv.com