AMANDAVILLE, W.Va. -- Crude MCHM linked to Freedom Industries has been causing headaches -- literally -- for some residents in the Amandaville area, just northwest of St. Albans.
Trucks owned by Diversified Services haul MCHM, or 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol, for Freedom Industries, which is the company responsible for last week's chemical leak into the Elk River that prompted a do-not-use order for tap water for thousands.
After last week's incident, the infamous black licorice smell again became overwhelming in Amandaville, where Diversified Services trucks are based on Virginia Street and have been moving MCHM from Freedom Industries' facility in Charleston to Poca Blending in Nitro.
For neighbors, the smell associated with MCHM is nothing new. Diversified Services has been hauling the chemical for several years. The company's lot where trucks are stored is just feet away from several homes.
Jason Davis, whose home is adjacent to Diversified Services, said he was staying with his mother in Teays Valley because of the smell. He said when the smell became particularly pungent a few days ago, his girlfriend's eyes became irritated and her asthma began to flare up.
"She couldn't hardly breathe," he said.
Davis said representatives of the state Department of Environmental Protection have visited the site over the past few days.
"The smell is getting worse and worse," he said.
Jean Sanson, who also lives adjacent to the Diversified Services site with her husband, Richard, said a doctor's visit Wednesday morning revealed sores in her throat.
"The doctor said it was from irritation," she said.
The Sansons said they have been complaining about the problem for several years, though the situation hasn't improved.
According to a run report in February 2012, the West Side Volunteer Fire Department found a tanker truck of MCHM on the Diversified Services property after the Sansons called to complain about a "chemical smell" that was causing them to choke and making their eyes burn.
Diversified Services provided a material safety data sheet to the fire department that indicated the substance as crude MCHM, which the fire department found to be legal and "non haz-mat." The MCHM came from Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport, Tenn.
The Sansons have also complained to the DEP, expressing concern about how MCHM is handled at Diversified Services. Specifically, the Sansons said they've seen tanker trucks with lids propped open and runoff from the tanks being washed running toward the Kanawha River.
The Sansons' daughter, Cecelia, has photos of incidents that occurred over the last several years, including from June 2011, when liquid from a tanker truck was seen spilling onto 1st Street North.
The Daily Mail contacted the DEP Wednesday evening about the property. Spokesman Tom Aluise didn't respond to the request for comment.
The Daily Mail also contacted Diversified Services for comment. A man who answered the phone number listed said he didn't have time to talk and was "in the middle of a cleanup" before ending the call.
A tanker truck was covered with a black tarp Wednesday afternoon and a new fence had been constructed that wasn't present in the WCHS report on Tuesday, complete with a "no trespassing sign" on the fence. The sign is the same style as one placed near the Poca Blending facility in Nitro.
Diversified Services was formed in 2010 by Daniel Kessler with a listed purpose of "real estate."
Kessler also owns Buffalo Ridge Farms & Environmental Services, which is licensed to do business as Allstate Wrecker and Recovery and Buffalo Ridge Pre-owned and Rebuilder Sales. Linwood Hamilton is listed as a member for those companies.