CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia regulators promised Tuesday they would "closely monitor" the situation as Freedom Industries moves chemicals from the Jan. 9 spill from its Nitro facility to a "coal facility" in Pennsylvania.
But, the state Department of Environmental Protection warned the process could create more of the licorice-like odors that have become common since the spill.
In a prepared statement, the DEP said Freedom had begun the process of transferring material from its Poca Blending site in Nitro to the Pennsylvania location.
The DEP said the company informed agency officials of the activity Monday night, and DEP issued a news release Tuesday afternoon about the issue.
The materials in question include MCHM and other chemical-spill related materials from Freedom's Elk River tank farm.
"Freedom was scheduled this morning to transfer to a coal facility in Pennsylvania approximately 3,500 gallons of MCHM from an inventory that was already being stored at Poca Blending prior to the Jan. 9 chemical leak at Freedom's Elk River facility," the DEP statement said.
DEP spokesman Tom Aluise said he did not have any information about the Pennsylvania site.