West Virginia chemical spill News

New Charge Filed for Ex-President of Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill

A former Freedom Industries executive charged in a West Virginia chemical spill is facing a new federal fraud charge stemming from the company’s bankruptcy. A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom …

Report: Storage Tanks Pose Risks to West Virginia Water

Drinking water sources in West Virginia are at risk of contamination from more than 20,000 aboveground storage tanks that are located beyond an area where extra safeguards are required, according to a report released last week. These tanks include 19,133 …

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 …

Report: West Virginia Chemical Spill Company Aware of Defects

A West Virginia attorney general report says the company behind last January’s chemical spill knew of its facility’s defects for years. The report by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey office says that a 2010 manager’s report said “a potential catastrophic failure” …

West Virginia Schedules Storage Tank Regulation Hearing

West Virginia regulators are taking public comment and holding a hearing on a proposed rule that regulates aboveground storage tanks. The Department of Environmental Protection has opened comment on the proposed rule aiming to prevent chemical spills and water contamination. …

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 …

Exec in West Virginia Chemical Spill Charged with Lying About Role

A West Virginia executive faces charges of lying to protect his personal wealth from lawsuits after his company spilled chemicals into 300,000 people’s water supply in January, according to a criminal complaint Monday. The complaint unsealed this week in U.S. …

Judge Approves $2.9 Million West Virginia Chemical Spill Deal

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a $2.9 million settlement that would benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill. Judge Ronald Pearson filed the order this past Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. Pearson’s …

Judge Worried Freedom Industries to Abandon Chemical Spill Cleanup

A bankruptcy judge is concerned that a chemical company may abandon the site of a massive January spill without cleaning it up. Judge Ronald Pearson expressed the concern in an order filed last Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. …

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 …