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Freedom pays OSHA fines

By Staff reports

Freedom Industries has paid $11,000 in workplace safety fines, electing not to challenge citations issued to it after the January chemical spill that contaminated the region’s drinking water supply, federal officials said Monday.

“They paid the full amount and have sent in their abatement information,” said Joanna Hawkins, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Hawkins refused to release the “abatement information” until there is a final order in the case.

OSHA fined Freedom Industries $7,000 for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid tight. On Jan. 9, roughly 10,000 gallons of MCHM leaked from one of the tanks and through the riverside diked wall and left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.

OSHA also fined Freedom Industries $4,000 for failing to have standard railings on an elevated platform.

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