September 2, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A company president apologized to West Virginia residents for a chemical leak into a public water treatment plant hours before a state agency ordered Freedom Industries to remove chemicals from its remaining above-ground tanks.
About 300,000 people entered their third day Saturday with no way to take showers and wash clothes. Officials remain unclear when it might be safe again.
Federal authorities began investigating how the foaming agent escaped the Freedom Industries plant and seeped into the Elk River. Just how much of the chemical leaked into the river was not yet known.
Freedom Industries President Gary Southern on Friday called the incident "extremely unfortunate." Hours later, a state agency ordered the company to remove its remaining chemicals off the site.