Chemical disposal temporarily halted at landfill

CHARLESTON (AP) — A judge has barred West Virginia regulators from allowing the disposal of wastewater from the site of a Charleston chemical spill at a Putnam County landfill.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib issued a temporarily ban late Monday against the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Commission want to put a stop to the dumping of the material mixed with sawdust at the Disposal Services landfill in Hurricane.

The material contains traces of the crude MCHM that spilled Jan. 9, contaminating 300,000 people’s drinking water for days.

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards said Tuesday the restraining order is a “temporary victory” that he hopes becomes permanent.

Zakaib has scheduled a hearing for Friday afternoon in Charleston.

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