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Freedom Industries Indicted for W.Va. Chemical Spill

Freedom Industries and six former Freedom officials have been charged with various federal crimes related to the January 2014 West Virginia chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water, EHS Today reports. The company itself is charged with the negligent discharge of a pollutant in violation of the Clean … Read more »

Chemical Spill Company President Faces Charges

Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern — whose company’s chemical spill earlier this year closed West Virginia businesses and left 300,000 people without drinking water — is back in court today. He faces charges of bankruptcy fraud, wire fraud and lying under oath, and if convicted could receive up to … Read more »

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Patriot Coal Spills Slurry in West Virginia Tributary

Over 100,000 gallons of coal slurry leaked from a Patriot Coal processing plant into a tributary of West Virginia’s Kanawha River yesterday, blackening six miles of the creek. The leak comes barely a month after a Freedom Industries chemical spill into the Kanawha polluted the drinking water of 300,000 people. … Read more »

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West Virginia: Did Spill Increase Formaldehyde in the Water?

The vice chairman of the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board said he could “guarantee” some citizens in the state were breathing in formaldehyde from their water supply – but the state Bureau of Public Health and the West Virginia American Water Company branded his comments “misleading,” “irresponsible” and “totally unfounded.” Scott … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Railroad Shipments, Tank Removal, Committee Hearings

Lawmakers are calling for a review of rules that that apply to rail shipments of crude oil  after several recent rail accidents. Safety regulators have warned that inaction could lead to a “major loss of life.” Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) are calling for the Department of Transportation … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemical Spills, Beijing Plant Ban, Enbridge

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, have written the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act, a bill aimed at ensuring industrial facilities are properly inspected by state officials. Inspired by the January 9 chemical spill in West … Read more »

Chemical Spill Company Files for Bankruptcy

Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the chemical spill in West Virginia earlier this month that left more than 300,000 residents and many businesses without drinkable tap water, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the New York Times reports. The spill of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a chemical used in the coal … Read more »

Some Businesses Reopen After Chemical Spill

Shops and restaurant using bottled water have begun reopening in West Virgina where a chemical spill last week left up to 300,000 people without tap water. Residents and businesses, however, in nine counties and the state’s capital city Charleston, are still unable to use water from their faucets for anything … Read more »

Chemical Spill Leaves Businesses, Homes without Water

A chemical spill in West Virginia has closed restaurants and schools and left up to 300,000 people without tap water. The spill of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a chemical used in the coal industry, originated from Freedom Industries’ water treatment plant on the Elk River in Charleston, Reuters reports. Freedom Industries produces … Read more »

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