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EPA Debuts Air Monitoring System at Freedom Spill Site

Dave Mistich
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  The Environmental Protection Agency has begun air monitoring at an industrial site in Charleston that fouled public drinking water supplies to 300,000 customers in January.

Unveiled Friday, the monitoring will be done at the Freedom Industries plant along the Elk River to determine if any chemicals are released into the air as the site is cleaned up.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the program's debut comes three weeks after the removal of more than one dozen chemical storage tanks.

The spill at Freedom Industries sparked a tap-water ban for the state's largest public water supply. Water use was limited to flushing toilets and snuffing fires.

The EPA plan involves taking air samples from at least eight locations.

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