West Virginia chemical spill News

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 …

West Virginia Seeks Federal Funds for Chemical Spill Assessment

West Virginia is seeking a $350,000 federal grant to assess the damage of a chemical spill that polluted the water supply for 300,000 people. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the money would help with monitoring, testing and screening to determine …

West Virginia Chemical Spill Firm Says It Has Insurance

The embattled company behind West Virginia’s chemical spill has reached a bankruptcy court deal for up to $4 million in credit from a lender to help continue operations, an attorney said. The arrangement will allow the company to continue paying …