West Virginia chemical spill News

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 …

Chemical Spill Caused Health Effects for 1 in 5 West Virginians: Survey

One in five West Virginians who responded to a survey thought they had health issues after a chemical spill into the water supply in January. In the survey conducted in April by state and federal health officials, 36 percent of …

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. …

Lawsuit Blames West Virginia Airport for Role in Chemical Spill

A federal lawsuit blames a Charleston airport runway project for the January chemical spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days. The lawsuit says Yeager Airport’s completed runway extension never safeguarded against stormwater runoff. In court papers filed …

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 …

Survey Reveals Public Attitudes on West Virginia Chemical Spill

About one-third of those who responded to a survey conducted three months after a chemical spilled into the Elk River indicated a member of their household had a spill-related illness, Kanawha County’s health officer said. Dr. Rahul Gupta released a …