Officials at the Department of Environmental Protection ordered Freedom Enterprises Inc. late Friday to start removing all the chemicals in 14 above-ground storage tanks near the Elk River within 24 hours.
The chemicals in three of those tanks, including one that was discovering leaking Thursday, have mostly been removed. Within a day, the company must submit a plan to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater.
The leak left the water for 300,000 people in and around Charleston stained blue-green and smelling like licorice. It was unclear Friday how much spilled and when residents can use the water again.
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