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Freedom Industries issues statement on spill

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CHARLESTON (WVVA) - Freedom Industries has issued its first statement on the chemical spill the occurred at its plant along the Elk River near Charleston. Below is the full statement:
 
"Since the discovery of the leak, safety for residents in Kanawha and surrounding counties has been Freedom Industries' first priority. We have been working with local and federal regulatory, safety and environmental entities, including the DEP, Coast Guard, Army Corp of Engineers and Homeland Security, and are following all necessary steps to fix the issue.  Our team has been working around the clock since the discovery to contain the leak to prevent further contamination.  At this point, Freedom Industries is still working to determine the amount of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol, or Crude MCHM, a chemical used in processing coal, that has been released, as the first priority was safety, containment and cleanup.
 
Freedom Industries is in the process of setting up an Incident Command Center on site. As more factual information is made available, we will keep you updated."
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