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Federal judge sets trial in West Virginia landfill suit

CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal judge has set a June 2015 trial date for a lawsuit filed against a Hurricane landfill that accepted wastewater from Freedom Industries in the wake of the January chemical leak.

The city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Commission filed a lawsuit in May asking that Waste Management of West Virginia be required to remove the wastewater mixed with sawdust from its landfill.

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

The Charleston Gazette reports that the city and county want the company to pay for the removal.

Attorneys for the landfill argue the EPA doesn’t consider the crude MCHM a hazardous waste when spilled or discarded under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

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