The chief restructuring officer for Freedom Industries says they are still waiting for approval on two permits from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
Freedom Industries expects to begin the demolition late this week or early next week.
Contracting crews are set to begin demolition at Freedom Industries, the site where crude MCHM leaked into the Elk River January 9 tainting the water supply for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians.
Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 10. It will include dismantling and removing all piping, machinery and storage tanks. However, Freedom Industries’ building, which includes the office and garage, will remain in tact. The company plans on selling the site after demolition and environmental remediation are completed.
Those living near the spill site said it is a relief the tanks are being torn down. Although the chemical smell no longer lingers in the air, the site of the tanks constantly reminds them of bad memories.
“Will the water ever be the same again?” said Elliot Letart, who lives yards away from Freedom Industries. “Really, that’s all you think about when you hear that name.”
It remains unknown how much the demolition and remediation will cost the company. Freedom budgeted $160,000 but that cost could increase. The final bill will remain unknown until the job is done.
Weeks after the chemical spill, the company was slammed with lawsuits and filed for bankruptcy. It has since shut down operations and focused on cleanup efforts. Any expenses the company incurs have to be approved by a judge.