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West Virginia American Water Co. has reached a deal with one of its insurance carriers, a move that provides the water company an additional $22 million to cover the payments it has agreed to make to Kanawha Valley residents, businesses and workers in a class-action settlement over the Janua…

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Kanawha Valley residents, businesses and workers will soon be able to file claims to seek their share of the $151 million settlement of the class-action lawsuit over the January 2014 water crisis, under an order issued Thursday afternoon by the federal judge overseeing the case.

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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…

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A class-action legal settlement worth up to $151 million is a “strong result” that provides “substantial” benefits for victims of the Kanawha Valley’s water crisis in 2014, but the deal needs more work and the lawyers who represent thousands of residents and businesses don’t deserve to be pa…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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…

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About 1,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide solution leaked from a storage tank at a closed Kanawha County coal mine, apparently after someone shot two holes in the tank, the state Department of Environmental Protection said Monday.

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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.

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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.

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A bill that would allow increased discharges of pollution into West Virginia’s rivers and streams has moved forward again, setting the stage for an up-or-down vote Wednesday in the House of Delegates.

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A water pollution bill moving quickly through the Legislature would allow more toxic discharges to West Virginia’s rivers and streams and — with the support of Gov. Jim Justice’s administration — implement broader, industry-backed changes to state water quality rules that the state Departmen…

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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…

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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…

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More than three months after a tenative settlement was announced, lawyers are still trying to work out detailed documents to spell out the terms of a $151 million deal resolving the class-action lawsuit over the January 2014 Kanawha Valley water crisis.

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Testimony in the long-awaited state Public Service Commission probe of West Virginia American Water Co.’s handling of the January 2014 water crisis was delayed Tuesday, as the PSC’s Consumer Advocate Division said the parties were making progress on a potential settlement in the case.

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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.

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Three years after the Freedom Industries chemical spill and the Kanawha Valley water crisis that followed, citizen groups and environmental advocates on Monday said the state has made much progress but that continued work to protect West Virginia’s drinking water needs to remain a priority.

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Attorneys for Kanawha Valley residents and businesses still are working with lawyers for West Virginia American Water Company and Eastman Chemical to finalize documents concerning the $151 million settlement of the class-action lawsuit over the January 2014 water crisis, according to the lat…

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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 …

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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…

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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.

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Late Monday afternoon, U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver made public the “term sheets” in tentative class-action settlements with West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical Co. The aim is to resolve litigation over the role the companies played in the water crisis that followed …

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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…

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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…

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Lawyers for the company that manufactured the chemical that contaminated the drinking water supply for thousands in the Kanawha Valley in January 2014 announced Wednesday that the company had reached a preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit over the Elk River spill.

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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.

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Attorneys, court staff and a federal judge in the Kanawha Valley water crisis class-action case are trying to pull together a jury, organize myriad logistics and deal with last-minute legal rulings — all while still pursuing negotiations toward a potential settlement — as the clock is runnin…

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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board probably will complete its review within a few weeks of the harsh public criticism it received over a report on the Freedom Industries chemical spill that proposed no new regulatory changes that would help avoid a repeat of the spill and the regional drinking w…

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Lawyers for Kanawha Valley residents and businesses alleged Tuesday that Eastman Chemical destroyed a load of Crude MCHM that had been destined for Freedom Industries, hampering efforts after the January 2014 Elk River spill to determine to what extent the chemical’s corrosive properties pla…

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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…

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Criminal pollution violations, lax environmental enforcement and glaring regulatory gaps caused the January 2014 chemical spill at Freedom Industries, and then poor emergency planning and a confused response turned the incident into a region-wide drinking water crisis in the Kanawha Valley, …

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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…

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In one of a series of rulings expected to define the scope of a class-action trial scheduled to start in late October, a federal judge on Monday declined to throw out allegations that partly blame the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill on Eastman Chemical, the maker of Crude MCHM that spi…

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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…

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With a late October trial in the class-action case fast approaching, former Freedom Industries official Gary Southern is pressing a federal judge to approve a settlement Southern reached last year with lawyers for hundreds of thousands of Kanawha Valley residents affected by the Freedom chem…

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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…

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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…

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Department of Environmental Protection officials are proposing water quality rule changes that would allow more cancer-causing chemicals to be discharged into West Virginia rivers and streams and could make it somewhat easier for industry to have drinking water protections removed for some s…

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Kanawha Valley residents likely breathed in levels of the chemical crude MCHM that exceeded a federal inhalation advisory level while they were “flushing” their home plumbing systems following the January 2014 spill that contaminated the region’s drinking water supply, according to a little-…

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Federal government scientists on Friday released the final update of their study of Crude MCHM, without answering several important questions about the potential health effects of the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of residen…

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A federal judge on Monday again delayed taking any action on a settlement that lawyers for Kanawha Valley residents and businesses propose to resolve civil claims against two former Freedom Industries officials over the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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West Virginia American Water Co. could have avoided the depletion of its treated water reserves during a cold spell in January 2014, a move that would have allowed the company to close its Elk River drinking water intake to allow chemicals from the Freedom Industries spill to pass the plant …

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Trial in the class-action case against West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical over their roles in the January 2014 water crisis will be delayed from its current starting date in mid-July, a federal judge said Friday.

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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…

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A federal judge said Friday that he wants more information before he will approve a class-action settlement between Kanawha Valley residents and businesses and two former top officials from Freedom Industries over the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the region’s Elk River drink…

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A wide variety of state Department of Environmental Protection rule changes — including new safety standards for chemical storage tanks near drinking water supplies — died on the last night of the legislative session when delegates objected to the adoption of a federal regulation that aims t…

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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…

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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 …

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Gary Southern, the last of six former Freedom Industries officials to face sentencing, will spend 30 days in jail and pay a $20,000 fine for his role in pollution crimes that caused the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousand…

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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…

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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…

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Former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin is criticizing federal court rulings that have, so far, produced only one short jail sentence for any of the six former Freedom Industries owners and officials that Goodwin went after in a rare prosecution of water pollution crimes following the January 201…

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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…

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Dennis Farrell, the longtime president and owner of Freedom Industries, was sentenced Thursday to serve 30 days in jail for his role in water pollution crimes that led to the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking-water supplies for hundreds of thousands of residents in Charl…

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Former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin is criticizing federal court rulings that have, so far, produced only one short jail sentence for any of the six former Freedom Industries owners and officials that Goodwin went after in a rare prosecution of water pollution crimes following the January 201…

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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…

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Dennis Farrell, the longtime president and owner of Freedom Industries, was sentenced Thursday to serve 30 days in jail for his role in water pollution crimes that led to the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking-water supplies for hundreds of thousands of residents in Charl…

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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…

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Former Freedom Industries President Dennis Farrell wants to join other officials from the company in avoiding jail time for pollution crimes that caused the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of residents of the Kanawha Valley an…

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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.

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Federal authorities were concerned about the “completeness” of the assistance being provided by a former Freedom Industries environmental manager they helped to avoid prison time for his role in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of peo…

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Acting U.S. Attorney Carol Casto’s office has not determined if it will seek jail time for former top Freedom Industries officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell when the men face sentencing for their roles in water pollution crimes that led to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill, th…

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A second former official from Freedom Industries has been sentenced to probation and a fine — but no jail time — for his in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of residents in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding region.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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A legislative mandate for another review of the issue by the state Department of Environmental Protection has industry lobby groups gearing up to once again try to get West Virginia regulators to abandon a longstanding policy of protecting all state rivers and streams as potential sources of…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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With sentencing dates approaching, a federal judge has scheduled a hearing for next week to discuss the plea agreements made by Freedom Industries and six former Freedom officials related to the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the Kanawha Valley’s drinking water supply.

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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…

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As Saturday’s second anniversary of the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill approaches, citizen groups are releasing a report to promote their proposal for a public takeover of the West Virginia American Water Co. regional drinking water system that serves hundreds of thousands of people i…

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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 on Friday postponed a key hearing that it had scheduled for next week to begin to sort out the status of its long-stalled investigation of West Virginia American Water Co.’s response to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill.

Lawyers for Kanawha Valley residents are moving forward with settlements they reached with two former Freedom Industries executives over the impacts of the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people across the region.

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…

Former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern on Wednesday pleaded guilty to three water pollution crimes in a deal that will send him to jail, but set the stage for him to get back $7.3 million and a Bentley luxury car that were seized when he was charged for his role in the January 201…

Former Freedom Industries official Dennis Farrell on Tuesday admitted to two water pollution charges for his role in the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated the drinking-water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in Charleston and surrounding communities.

With guilty pleas by two former top Freedom Industries officials expected this week, a local citizen group is urging a federal judge to order those officials to pay restitution in the form of funding to be used for local water quality and public health projects.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge has sided with a former Freedom Industries contractor in a dispute over how the bankrupt company pays the firm for work performed as part of cleanup of Freedom’s Elk River terminal, site of the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated the region’s drin…

Government officials, public health agencies and drinking water utilities need to develop better procedures for “flushing” contaminants out of home plumbing systems following incidents like the January 2014 chemical spill on the Elk River, according to a new scientific paper published this week.

A special state commission charged with studying the safety of public drinking water systems across West Virginia resumed work this week, eight months after completing its last report to the Legislature.

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…

Three citizen groups on Tuesday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to try to force the EPA to write new nationwide rules regulating above-ground chemical storage tanks containing hazardous materials.

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…

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Former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin is criticizing federal court rulings that have, so far, produced only one short jail sentence for any of the six former Freedom Industries owners and officials that Goodwin went after in a rare prosecution of water pollution crimes following the January 201…

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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…

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Dennis Farrell, the longtime president and owner of Freedom Industries, was sentenced Thursday to serve 30 days in jail for his role in water pollution crimes that led to the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking-water supplies for hundreds of thousands of residents in Charl…

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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…

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Former Freedom Industries President Dennis Farrell wants to join other officials from the company in avoiding jail time for pollution crimes that caused the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of residents of the Kanawha Valley an…

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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.

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Federal authorities were concerned about the “completeness” of the assistance being provided by a former Freedom Industries environmental manager they helped to avoid prison time for his role in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of peo…

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Acting U.S. Attorney Carol Casto’s office has not determined if it will seek jail time for former top Freedom Industries officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell when the men face sentencing for their roles in water pollution crimes that led to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill, th…

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A second former official from Freedom Industries has been sentenced to probation and a fine — but no jail time — for his in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of residents in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding region.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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A legislative mandate for another review of the issue by the state Department of Environmental Protection has industry lobby groups gearing up to once again try to get West Virginia regulators to abandon a longstanding policy of protecting all state rivers and streams as potential sources of…

  • Updated

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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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With sentencing dates approaching, a federal judge has scheduled a hearing for next week to discuss the plea agreements made by Freedom Industries and six former Freedom officials related to the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the Kanawha Valley’s drinking water supply.

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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…

  • Updated

As Saturday’s second anniversary of the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill approaches, citizen groups are releasing a report to promote their proposal for a public takeover of the West Virginia American Water Co. regional drinking water system that serves hundreds of thousands of people i…

  • Updated

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 on Friday postponed a key hearing that it had scheduled for next week to begin to sort out the status of its long-stalled investigation of West Virginia American Water Co.’s response to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill.

Lawyers for Kanawha Valley residents are moving forward with settlements they reached with two former Freedom Industries executives over the impacts of the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people across the region.

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…

Former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern on Wednesday pleaded guilty to three water pollution crimes in a deal that will send him to jail, but set the stage for him to get back $7.3 million and a Bentley luxury car that were seized when he was charged for his role in the January 201…

Former Freedom Industries official Dennis Farrell on Tuesday admitted to two water pollution charges for his role in the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated the drinking-water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in Charleston and surrounding communities.

With guilty pleas by two former top Freedom Industries officials expected this week, a local citizen group is urging a federal judge to order those officials to pay restitution in the form of funding to be used for local water quality and public health projects.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge has sided with a former Freedom Industries contractor in a dispute over how the bankrupt company pays the firm for work performed as part of cleanup of Freedom’s Elk River terminal, site of the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated the region’s drin…

Government officials, public health agencies and drinking water utilities need to develop better procedures for “flushing” contaminants out of home plumbing systems following incidents like the January 2014 chemical spill on the Elk River, according to a new scientific paper published this week.

A special state commission charged with studying the safety of public drinking water systems across West Virginia resumed work this week, eight months after completing its last report to the Legislature.

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…

Three citizen groups on Tuesday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to try to force the EPA to write new nationwide rules regulating above-ground chemical storage tanks containing hazardous materials.

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…