Freedom Industries News

Freedom Industries, West Virginia Sign Spill Site Cleanup Agreement

Freedom Industries and West Virginia regulators have signed an agreement for cleaning up the site of a 2014 chemical spill in the Elk River that prompted a tap water ban for 300,000 people for days. The agreement announced Tuesday by …

West Virginia Chemical Spill Settlement for Community Projects Dropped

Lawyers for businesses and people affected by a massive chemical spill last year say a settlement to fund community projects is no longer being considered. In June 2014, lawyers for the groups affected by the Freedom Industries spill proposed the …

Former Freedom Owners Plead Guilty in West Virginia Chemical Spill Case

Two former owners of Freedom Industries pleaded guilty on Monday to environmental violations stemming from last year’s Charleston chemical spill that prompted a temporary tap water ban for 300,000 residents. At separate hearings, William Tis, 60, and Charles Herzing, 64, …

3 Executives Charged in West Virginia Chemical Spill Plead Not Guilty

Three executives charged in last January’s West Virginia chemical spill have pleaded not guilty in federal court. The pleas came a day after an FBI affidavit was unsealed, saying Freedom Industries knew about critical flaws at its Charleston plant more …

Executives in West Virginia Chemical Spill Facing Criminal Charges

When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia’s capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak. He seemed to brush …

FEMA Reimburses West Virginia Entities for Chemical Spill Costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed $1.4 million to local and state governments, hospitals and some non-profit groups for costs related to January’s chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia. The Charleston Daily Mail reports FEMA assistance has been awarded …

Missteps Ongoing at West Virginia’s Freedom Industries

For the West Virginia company that sullied 300,000 people’s drinking water to start the year, slip-ups like not reading emails and leaving the company chemical headquarters unattended have produced problems for months. Contractor troubles, miscalculations and missteps have kept state …

Deadline for Charleston Chemical Spill Claims Set

A federal bankruptcy judge has set an Aug. 1 deadline for financial claims by West Virginia residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated the local water supply. Proof of claims forms can be obtained …

West Virginia Chemical Firm Facing New Environmental Charges

A Charleston company faces state violations after a storm water collection trench overflowed at the same site where chemicals spilled into West Virginia’s largest water supply in January. The Department of Environmental Protection issued two notices of violations to Freedom …

Industries Want West Virginia to Delay Storage Tank Regulations

Months after state officials approved a law to safeguard against chemical spills, West Virginia industry groups want some requirements delayed and some of their storage tanks shielded from added oversight. Though the new 95-page law becomes effective this week, stakeholders …