fresh violations for new firm with deep ties to company behind chemical spill - secondary containment
NITRO, W. Va. -
Several towns in the chemical plant where free Industries leaked coal
Last year, a new company run by former freelance employees cleaned the mixture into drinking water for 300,000 people, which was cited for similar environmental violations.
Since September, state regulators have cited the new company Lexycon eight times, which dumped chemicals without a license and lacked the proper "last"
The walls of the resort can accommodate spills and oil tankers
According to records reviewed by The Associated Press, trailers loaded with unknown chemicals, as well as other irregularities.
The inspector even found the same thing.
Known chemicals leaked from the free site to the water supply in Charleston, West Virginia, although President Lexycon promised federal judges that his company would not come into contact with it.
Although there are three sites, some of these violations are still not resolved
State reports show that since May, regulators at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection have conducted extensive inspections and dozens of smaller visits.
"I noticed that when something went wrong, you sold the company and you changed the name," said Maya Nai, an advocate group in West Virginia who was concerned about chemical safety.
"Then all of a sudden it looks like a shiny new package, but the way things work is very similar.
This is just a status quo.
"Two consultants working with Lexycon were one of the six former free officials charged last month for the massive oil spill in last January.
Pollution has brought the state's capital to a standstill as residents are banned from running water, restaurants and other businesses for lack of clean water.
A fbi agent said in an affidavit that free officials had known for ten years the cracks in the secondary safety wall, which allowed the chemical to penetrate into the Elk River.
They did not check the leak in World War II.
The agent said the era tank was dismissive of plans to retire.
Shortly after the leak, Liberty transferred its chemicals from the Elk River to another company in less than half --
Just a mile from the Kanawha River in Nitro town, where there is a rusty water tower and a white smoke from the nearby coal
Thermal power plants rise in the background.
However, the national environmental inspector soon also recognized inferior protection measures for the Nitro site: safety walls filled with holes that could allow the material to penetrate into rain ditches that drain into Kanawha
Freedom finally filed for bankruptcy.
Just three months after the huge leak, Lexycon was founded by David Carson, the owner of a chemical company who had done business with freedom and bought the Nitro location.
Before he approved the deal, the United StatesS.
Bankruptcy judge Ronald Pearson called Lexycon's employment of former freelance employees "a real positive factor in the case ".
"They are the people who know about the business," Mark Welch, chief restructuring officer in the Liberty bankruptcy case, said in court.
"If I'm buying, I want to make sure I have the best assets.
"There are at least three outstanding players on the liberal side, including two players who are currently facing federal charges in the oil spill, with close ties to Lexycon :-
Former President freedom and Union
Owner Dennis Farrell faces up to three years in prison for pollution charges in the oil spill, and his lawyer Michael Carey said in a trial last week that he is now consulting Lexycon.
Carson testified that Farrell was engaged in sales but was not a regular employee and did not have a stake in ownership of Lexycon. —
Their report showed that Robert Reynolds, a freelance environmental adviser, was also charged with the oil spill, and he met the state inspector on site as a Lexycon representative on August.
Welch said Renault had left the company.
He is charged in a document called "information", which usually means that someone is in common
Operate in the investigation. —
Kevin Skiles, president of Lexycon, owns 5% of a free stake and is a free research and technical officer.
According to bankruptcy court documents, Carson is a friend of Gary Southern, the former Free President, at a television news conference the day after the oil spill, swi water from the bottle, lamenting his long day has angered many people.
Carson, in May's bankruptcy testimony, worked together to say that the South had nothing to do with Lexycon.
At some point, the company's website also strongly denied contact with the South, which could be sentenced to 68 years in prison if convicted of pollution and fraud.
In July 2013, a company he and Carson run sold an apartment in Naples, Florida.
Florida records show Southern resigned from the company a few weeks later.
A month before Southern sold the apartment, Joy Schindler, the sole shareholder of Lexycon, used the address of the Naples apartment to register Florida's "Lexycon" as a fictional name she could do business, before it becomes a complete
Mr. Welch said Schindler was also engaged to Carson.
Christopher Smith, Lexycon's lawyer, wrote in a letter to The Associated Press this week that she has "other business interests" that need to use Lexycon's name.
Carson made an important commitment to May's bankruptcy judge: Lexycon will not deal with chemicals known as MCHM, the main chemical for free disclosure.
"It will not be on the scene," Carson said in court . " He explained why residents were still unhappy with the oil spill months ago and should not worry about the new company.
"It's there right now.
The day I took over was the last day it was going to be there.
"However, according to the national notice of violation, on August, when the inspector appeared at Lexycon, an MCHM tanker trailer was sitting there without proper secondary containment.
When the inspector took stock on October, the chemical disappeared.
On another visit last week, state inspectors found another violation.
They don't know what's in the two tanker trailers or who they belong.
The state has given the company 20 days to deal with the latest five violations released last week.
Kelly Gillenwater, a spokesman for the environment department, said any fine would be determined later.
The strongest action taken by the state against Lexycon so far was in September, when the regulator ordered the company to stop storing certain chemicals until it was licensed and eventually the company obtained
Company lawyer Smith wrote that Lexycon is "following the usual practice" to resolve the issues raised by the state.
Nye, an advocate for chemical safety, said the country seems to be watching closely.
But Evan Hansen, president of the downstream strategy of environmental consultancy in Morgan Town, West Virginia, said the relevant chemical industry executives did not seem to learn a lesson.
"The fact that they are not able to meet the most basic requirements of the Clean Water Act shows that they are just not working hard," Hansen said . ".
Randy herschford, a fellow with The Associated Press in New York, contributed to the report.
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