Freedom Industries chemical spill News

Judge Worried Freedom Industries to Abandon Chemical Spill Cleanup

A bankruptcy judge is concerned that a chemical company may abandon the site of a massive January spill without cleaning it up. Judge Ronald Pearson expressed the concern in an order filed last Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. …

West Virginia Water Utility Balks at $2.9M Chemical Spill Proposal

A utility is opposing a $2.9 million bankruptcy settlement that would fund projects to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in January. West Virginia American Water says Freedom Industries shouldn’t use money from its insurance proceeds to pay for …

Freedom Industries’ Insurance Settlement Plan Favors Nonprofits

Freedom Industries Inc., whose leaking chemical tank made much of West Virginia’s water undrinkable early this year, filed a proposed Chapter 11 plan this week that offers nothing to people with claims for polluted water. Instead, proceeds from a settlement …

Chemical Spill Claims Against West Virginia Company Top $160M

When coal-cleaning chemicals seeped into West Virginia’s biggest water supply in January, the city of Cincinnati had a decision to make 200 miles downstream. As the city feared, a sheet of contaminants cruised down the Elk River, into the Kanawha …

West Virginia Seeks $1.8M from Bankrupt Freedom Industries for Spill

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state’s largest water supply. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed the claim in bankruptcy court in Charleston. The claim against Freedom Industries covers …

Today Is Court Deadline for West Virginia Chemical Spill Claims

Time is running out for residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston to file claims in federal bankruptcy court. Claims must be filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston by today, Aug.1 . Forms can be …

Freedom Industries Pays $11,000 Fine in West Virginia Chemical Spill

The company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia’s largest water supply has paid an $11,000 fine for a pair of violations. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 earlier this month for keeping storage tanks …

Freedom Industries, West Virginia Businesses Seek $2.9M Insurance Payout for Chemical Spill

At least $2.9 million could fuel studies in a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and the company that contaminated their water supply. The deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was …

No Air Quality Testing During West Virginia Chemical Tank Demolition

State and federal environmental officials say they don’t have a way to monitor air quality as chemical storage tanks are taken down at the industrial site that fouled public drinking supplies for 300,000 West Virginia water customers. The work is …

Judge Tells Freedom Industries to Keep West Virginians Informed

Freedom Industries Inc., the chemical company that filed for bankruptcy after a leaky storage tank tainted the water supply in West Virginia, was ordered to do a better job of keeping the public informed. In a court filing yesterday, U.S. …