West Virginia chemical spill News

Lawsuits Over West Virginia Chemical Spill Moved to District Court

Lawsuits against Freedom Industries Inc., whose leaky chemical tank polluted drinking water in West Virginia, were transferred from bankruptcy court to federal district court in Charleston last week to “assure efficient case administration.” On Jan. 9, eight days before the …

West Virginia Seeks Input on Chemical Tank Safety Rules

West Virginia regulators are asking stakeholders for input as they begin developing rules to implement a new chemical storage tank safety law. The Water Resources Protection Act regulates above-ground storage tanks like the one that leaked at Freedom Industries on …

Freedom Industries Chief Drops Pay, Insurance Requests in West Virginia Spill

The president of Freedom Industries “bears no fault” for a West Virginia chemical spill that spurred a water-use ban for up to 10 days for 300,000 people, his lawyer said in a court filing. On Friday, Freedom President Gary Southern …

West Virginia Storage Tank Safety Bill Signed Into Law

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston. The Water Resources Protection Act regulates storage tanks like the one …

West Virginia Spill Firm CEO Seeks Paycheck, Insurance Cover for Legal Fees

The president of the company that spilled chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians’ water supply wants to get paid for work during bankruptcy proceedings. In court documents Saturday, Freedom Industries President Gary Southern requested an order to cash paychecks for work …

West Virginia Lawmakers OK Chemical Spill Bill As Session Ends

Leading up to a midnight deadline, West Virginia lawmakers scrambled Saturday to give teachers raises and hike the minimum wage. A Jan. 9 chemical spill into the water supply loomed over the session, which began three days before 300,000 people …

West Virginia Lawmakers Amend Chemical Spill Bill As Session Nears End

As time ticks away, West Virginia lawmakers are suggesting another face-lift for a bill that would tighten aboveground storage tank regulations and safeguard water systems against chemical spills. The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee introduced an amended bill last Thursday …

West Virginia Denied FEMA Grant for Chemical Spill

Federal officials have denied West Virginia’s request for emergency grants to reimburse first responders, nonprofits and public agencies that assisted during last month’s chemical spill. FEMA said in a letter that the spill “was not of such severity and magnitude” …

Senate to Take Up Chemical Safety Bill After West Virginia Spill

U.S. senators said they will take up a bill as soon as this week to require inspections and clean-up plans for chemical storage tanks, over the objection of industry, after a West Virginia spill tainted drinking water. Industry representatives at …

Freedom Industries: West Virginia Chemical Spill Bigger Than First Estimate

The company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons, state regulators said Monday. West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection …