Despite seeking federal approval of the changes, state regulators still are trying to sort out how to implement legislation aimed at reworking the way West Virginia calculates water pollution permit limits, the staffer who runs the Department of Environmental Protection’s water quality stand…

A federal judge late Thursday refused to grant preliminary approval to a $151 million settlement of the class-action litigation over the January 2014 Kanawha Valley water crisis, saying he wants changes made to the deal before it is published for review by the thousands of residents and busi…

Lawmakers approved controversial language that could increase the amount of toxic chemicals discharged into West Virginia’s river and streams, but they later removed the language from state law with the passage of a bill aimed at lessening a separate water quality restriction on the coal ind…

Kanawha Valley residents, businesses and workers will be able to easily obtain millions of dollars in payments from West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical for the contamination of the region’s drinking water supply, according to detailed class-action settlement documents made …

Legislation that could allow increased discharge of toxic chemicals into West Virginia’s rivers and streams won final approval from the state Senate on Tuesday, giving business and industry lobbyists a major victory on a long-sought change in the way water pollution permit limits are calculated.

A controversial bill that could allow more toxic chemicals to be discharged into West Virginia’s rivers and streams cleared another hurdle Wednesday night, on its way to giving business and industry lobbyists a long-sought change in state water pollution rules.

Attorneys for Kanawha Valley residents and businesses still are working with lawyers for West Virginia American Water Company and Eastman Chemical on detailed documents to spell out the terms of a $151 million deal resolving the class-action lawsuit over the January 2014 Kanawha Valley water…

A water pollution bill that’s turning into the subject of a major battle this session does not completely mirror the permit limit calculation methods used in most of West Virginia’s surrounding states, Judiciary Committee leaders were told Friday as the Senate begins to examine the legislation.

The state Department of Environmental Protection supports the House-passed legislation that would allow increased discharges of toxic chemicals into West Virginia rivers and streams, a top DEP officials told a Senate committee Thursday afternoon.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper on Monday pressed the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for more details about what apparently was a small spill of MCHM — the primary chemical in the January 2014 water crisis — from a coal preparation facility along the Kan…

After Gov. Jim Justice’s promise Wednesday night to rein in what he depicted as out-of-control state regulators, and following a meeting with Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton, environmental groups are gearing up for potential fights this legislative session ov…

Kanawha Valley residents turned out Tuesday evening to urge the state Public Service Commission to be especially thorough in the agency’s probe of West Virginia American Water Company’s involvement in the regional water crisis that followed the January 2014 chemical spill on the Elk River.

West Virginia American Water Company could have closed its Elk River drinking water intake after the Freedom Industries chemical spill three years ago if the company had been producing and storing enough water to deal with increased demand during a cold snap just before the spill, the state …

The Tomblin administration has pulled from legislative review proposed changes to West Virginia’s water quality rules, hoping to avoid a major fight over what Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman called an effort by some industry lobbyists to “gut” the state standards meant to pr…

Consumer advocates and business groups are asking the West Virginia Public Service Commission to delay its long-stalled investigation of the 2014 Kanawha Valley water crisis until more details are available about a settlement that aims to resolve pending federal and state lawsuits.

As lawyers start the process of turning a tentative lawsuit settlement into a full-fledged class-action agreement, the attention of consumer groups and local businesses that want a more public airing of West Virginia American Water Co.’s role in the January 2014 regional water crisis now tur…

Hundreds of thousands of Kanawha Valley residents, businesses and workers will receive up to $151 million in compensation from West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical Co. for the effects of the January 2014 water crisis, under related class-action settlements made public late M…

After a day of on-and-off discussions between lawyers in the case, a federal judge has delayed for a day the start of the trial in a class-action lawsuit over the Kanawha Valley’s January 2014 water crisis and scheduled a hearing on unspecified pretrial matters for this morning.

With a trial date now less than a month away, lawyers for the parties in a class-action case over the Freedom Industries chemical spill and the water crisis that followed reported Friday that they are making headway toward a potential settlement, but said it’s far from clear that a deal will…

West Virginia American Water Co. clearly breached its duty to provide customers with safe water after the January 2014 chemical spill, and a jury should decide if the Freedom Industries incident made living up to that obligation impracticable, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a significant d…

West Virginia American Water Co. said Thursday that its year-long study of the Kanawha River found relatively few violations of environmental or public health standards, but that more examination is needed to determine if the river can be used as a secondary drinking water intake for hundred…

West Virginia regulators are sticking by their proposal to change the way they calculate water quality standards, insisting in a document made public Friday that the move “does not automatically” translate into an increase in the amount of cancer-causing chemicals allowed to be discharged in…

West Virginia citizens turned out Tuesday night to urge the state Department of Environmental Protection to abandon a proposed rule that could allow more cancer-causing chemicals to be discharged into river and streams and make it easier for industry to have drinking-water protections remove…

West Virginia’s two U.S. senators are joining in the bipartisan praise for a major rewrite of the nation’s chemical safety law that some critics are saying still doesn’t go nearly far enough to fix a decades-old system that all sides agree is broken.

A citizen watchdog group wants the state Public Service Commission to reopen the gathering of information for the PSC’s long-delayed hearings — now scheduled for November — into West Virginia American Water Company’s preparation for and response to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill t…

A dozen days into a special session on West Virginia’s budget crisis, the Tomblin administration on Wednesday resurrected a broad-ranging environmental rules bill that lawmakers let die earlier this year in a fit of opposition to state adoption of a federal regulation aimed at making wood-bu…

The state Environmental Quality Board on Tuesday upheld decisions by state regulators about which chemical storage tanks would be covered by new safety standards passed to try to prevent a repeat of the January 2014 Freedom Industries spill that contaminated drinking water for thousands of p…

West Virginia American Water Co. is asking a federal judge to delay the trial in a class-action lawsuit over the company’s role in the crisis that followed the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water supplies for hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses across t…

Earlier this week, residents of the Kanawha Valley got their first glimpse at a draft plan outlining how West Virginia American Water Co. plans to protect the drinking water it provides to hundreds of thousands of residents in Charleston and surrounding communities. The company released its …

As a federal judge prepares to sentence the last of six Freedom Industries officials on charges related to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill, allegations of bankruptcy fraud are again in play as part of the argument over whether former Freedom president Gary Southern should serve any…

A federal judge on Tuesday pressed lawyers on all sides to continue working toward a July trial for a class-action lawsuit against West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical over their roles in the crisis that followed the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking wat…

Saying the negligence of Freedom Industries caused a “catastrophic chemical spill,” federal prosecutors are seeking a roughly two-year prison sentence for former company president Gary Southern in the final of seven criminal cases brought over the January 2014 incident that contaminated drin…

Saying the negligence of Freedom Industries caused a “catastrophic chemical spill,” federal prosecutors are seeking a roughly two-year prison sentence for former company president Gary Southern in the final of seven criminal cases brought over the January 2014 incident that contaminated drin…

A former co-owner and officer of Freedom Industries on Monday became the fourth official from the company to avoid being sentenced to any jail time, despite playing a role in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in th…

A third former official from Freedom Industries on Thursday escaped being sentenced to any jail time for his role in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding region.

Another one of the former owners of Freedom Industries is hoping to avoid serving any jail time, despite having pleaded guilty to a water pollution crime that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days incarceration, according to the latest court filings in the sentencing hearings relat…

The former environmental manager of Freedom Industries was sentenced Monday to three years probation and a $10,000 fine — but no prison time — for his role in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of residents in the Kanawha Val…

One of the former owners of Freedom Industries is hoping federal prosecutors will help him avoid any jail time, despite his having admitted to a water pollution crime that carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence, according to a recent federal court filing.

A federal judge tried Wednesday to clarify the facts of the criminal water pollution charges that prosecutors hope to resolve through a series of seven plea agreements reached with bankrupt Freedom Industries and with six former officials of the company.

A former Freedom Industries official on Monday urged a federal judge not to send him to jail for his role in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding communities.

Members of the state Public Service Commission tried Friday morning to sort out if, how and when they would continue a long-stalled investigation into West Virginia American Water Co.’s response to the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of th…

Consumer advocates, citizens groups, local businesses and agency staff are all urging the state Public Service Commission not to abandon a long-stalled investigation of into West Virginia American Water Company’s response to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill’s contamination of its re…

Natural gas companies and one of their lobby groups are challenging a key West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection action that is aimed at helping determine what chemical storage tanks will be subject to varying levels of scrutiny under a law passed in the wake of the January 201…

Citing what it said are potential conflicts with legislation passed after the January 2014 Freedom Industries chemical leak in Charleston, the state Public Service Commission is hinting that it could drop its long-stalled investigation into West Virginia American Water Company’s response to …

The state Public Service Commission has agreed to hold a hearing next month to discuss the status of the agency’s investigation into the into West Virginia American Water Co.’s response to the January 2014 Freedom Industries chemical leak that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundr…

The sentencing hearings for four of the former Freedom Industries officials who pleaded guilty in connection with the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill have been postponed until February.

Top elected officials in Kanawha County and the city of Charleston said Tuesday they liked the idea of a public takeover of the region’s drinking water system, but would let the citizen group Advocates for a Safe Water System take the lead in any effort to implement such a change.

State public health officials on Friday cautioned West Virginians to avoid contact with Ohio River water that appears to contain blue-green algae, the latest action as concern continues across the region about a potentially toxic algae that’s been moving down the river over the last few weeks.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition has joined with a Kanawha Valley group that wants a federal judge to force former owners and executives from Freedom Industries who have pleaded guilty to water pollution crimes to pay restitution to the victims of the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill.

A federal judge has approved a financial disclosure statement filed by bankrupt Freedom Industries, moving a step closer toward possible approval of a liquidation plan for the company responsible for the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water supplies for hundreds of th…

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge on Tuesday told lawyers for Freedom Industries to simplify a disclosure statement meant to explain the bankrupt company’s current finances to its creditors, including thousands of residents seeking payments related to the January 2014 chemical leak at Free…

A federal judge on Monday gave lawyers for Kanawha Valley residents, West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical Co. more time to reach agreement about potentially unsealing documents in a class-action suit over the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water suppl…

Saying the negligence of Freedom Industries caused a “catastrophic chemical spill,” federal prosecutors are seeking a roughly two-year prison sentence for former company president Gary Southern in the final of seven criminal cases brought over the January 2014 incident that contaminated drin…

A former co-owner and officer of Freedom Industries on Monday became the fourth official from the company to avoid being sentenced to any jail time, despite playing a role in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in th…

A third former official from Freedom Industries on Thursday escaped being sentenced to any jail time for his role in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding region.

Another one of the former owners of Freedom Industries is hoping to avoid serving any jail time, despite having pleaded guilty to a water pollution crime that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days incarceration, according to the latest court filings in the sentencing hearings relat…

The former environmental manager of Freedom Industries was sentenced Monday to three years probation and a $10,000 fine — but no prison time — for his role in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of residents in the Kanawha Val…

One of the former owners of Freedom Industries is hoping federal prosecutors will help him avoid any jail time, despite his having admitted to a water pollution crime that carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence, according to a recent federal court filing.

A federal judge tried Wednesday to clarify the facts of the criminal water pollution charges that prosecutors hope to resolve through a series of seven plea agreements reached with bankrupt Freedom Industries and with six former officials of the company.

A former Freedom Industries official on Monday urged a federal judge not to send him to jail for his role in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding communities.

Members of the state Public Service Commission tried Friday morning to sort out if, how and when they would continue a long-stalled investigation into West Virginia American Water Co.’s response to the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of th…

Consumer advocates, citizens groups, local businesses and agency staff are all urging the state Public Service Commission not to abandon a long-stalled investigation of into West Virginia American Water Company’s response to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill’s contamination of its re…

Natural gas companies and one of their lobby groups are challenging a key West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection action that is aimed at helping determine what chemical storage tanks will be subject to varying levels of scrutiny under a law passed in the wake of the January 201…