by Eyder Peralta January 14, 2014 4:58 PM
The mayor of Charleston, W.Va., says the company behind the chemical spill that essentially shut down his city for days was run by “a small of group of renegades,” who in his opinion knew there were problems with the tanks that leaked dangerous chemicals into the city’s water supply.
“I’m not even sure they cared what happened to the public,” Danny Jones told Melissa Block on Tuesday’s edition of All Things Considered.
Charleston mayor Danny Jones.
Jones said he knows some of the people in charge of Freedom Industries and he considers them “to be a little edgy.”
, hundreds of thousands of West Virginians haven’t been able to use their tap water for drinking, washing or bathing since last week, when state inspectors found that a tank owned by Freedom Industries leaked a chemical used in a coal-washing process into the Elk River.
The president of Freedom Industries, Gary Southern, the “incident is extremely unfortunate, unanticipated and we are very, very sorry for the disruption to everybody’s daily life.”
Jones said that as the water has been deemed safe by authorities in some parts of the affected nine counties, his city finally felt a little normal this morning.
Melissa asked him how he would convince citizens of West Virginia that the water was safe. Jones said West Virginians are anxious for water and his state has a great health department.