West Virginia chemical spill News

Company Responsible for West Virginia Chemical Receives ‘Symbolic’ Fine

A bankrupt chemical company responsible for a spill that contaminated a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents was fined $900,000 on pollution charges Feb. 4, with a judge noting that Freedom Industries likely could …

Freedom Industries Official Sentenced for West Virginia Chemical Spill

A former environmental consultant at a chemical distributor was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $10,000 Monday for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Robert Reynolds was the first of six …

Prosecutors Request Guilty Plea Hearing for Executive in West Virginia Spill Case

Federal prosecutors want a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for the top executive charged in a massive chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia’s biggest drinking water supply last year. In federal court in Charleston on July 22, prosecutors …

Judge Won’t Recuse Prosecutors on West Virginia Chemical Spill Trial

A judge will let federal prosecutors keep working on a criminal case over a chemical spill last year in West Virginia, shooting down arguments that prosecutors should be recused from the case because they were among the 300,000 people without …

Freedom Industries to Pay $2.5M in West Virginia Spill Cleanup

The company behind a massive chemical spill last year has reached a $2.5 million deal with West Virginia environmental regulators for cleaning up its contaminated site, according to new court filings. The Charleston Gazette reports Freedom Industries released the plan …

Prosecutors Say No to Moving West Virginia Chemical Spill Criminal Case

Prosecutors oppose a motion by former executives asking a judge to move their criminal case over a chemical spill. In Charleston federal court May 29, prosecutors wrote that ex-Freedom Industries officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell didn’t sufficiently prove that …

Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Freedom Industries’ Chemical Spill Settlement

A judge has rejected a $6.7 million bankruptcy plan by the company behind a January 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia. In a federal bankruptcy court filing last week, Judge Ronald Pearson said Freedom Industries and state environmental regulators haven’t …

Freedom Industries Seeks to Settle West Virginia Spill Case for $2.7M

Freedom Industries wants to wrap up its bankruptcy case by paying a variety of groups $6.7 million, including $2.7 million for victims of the company’s January 2014 chemical spill that sullied the water supply across nine counties. The company offered …

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 …