Freedom Industries chief restructuring officer Mark Welch explains the lower trench — the area between Freedom’s tanks and the river, where a chemical called MCHM spilled into the Elk River in January.
Black plastic, a pump and riprap are intended to keep overflow from entering the Elk River in the lower trench at Freedom Industries.
Containment booms float in the Elk River below the lower trench at Freedom Industries.
A view of tanks 396 and 397, two of three tanks that housed the coal processing chemical MCHM at Freedom Industries.
Whitewater guides prepare to head out to an annual industry cleanup on the New River from Glade Creek to Grandview Sandbar.
Melanie Seiler, of Adventures on the Gorge and the American Canoe Association, washes mud out of a tire found in the New River.
Simon Environmental spent several days from July through November cleaning and decontaminating the apartment at 6231/2 Simms St. on Charleston’s West Side.
A crew from Simon Environmental piles bags of contaminated items in a dump truck.
The apartment at 6231/2 Simms St. has been condemned since a meth lab was found there in June.
James Gross lives with his brother in the first-floor apartment at 6231/2 Simms St. He said he’d like to move, but has no place else to go.